Accident Database

Report ID# 115120

  • Health Problem
  • Does not Apply
  • Solo Paddling

Accident Description

Body of kayaker found along the New River, identified

by: Logan Ross, CBS Fox 59

Posted: Aug 10, 2021

GILES COUNTY, VA (WVNS) — The body of a man in his 60'sfrom Bluefield, West Virginia has been identified after it was recovered in the New River in Giles County, Virginia.

According to the Virginia Department of Wildlife, the body of William Ellis Glover of Bluefield, was found along the New River, about one mile down Shumate Falls Road. His body was recovered on Friday, August 6, 2021 around 2 p.m.

According to the DOW he was out kayaking and was wearing a personal flotation device. The cause of his death remains under investigation.


GILES COUNTY, Va. – UPDATE - (Aug. 10, 2021 at 5:30 p.m.)

The Department of Wildlife Resources identified a kayaker found dead on the New River in Giles County Friday evening.

Authorities said William Ellis Glover, of Bluefield, West Virginia, was the man who died.

Officials said a cause of death has not been determined, but it appears to have been a medical emergency.

Authorities are investigating what led up to the death of a West Virginia man who was kayaking along the New River in Giles County, according to the Department of Wildlife Resources.

His body was found about 0.75 miles down the river from the kayak on Friday; however, authorities said he was wearing his personal flotation device.

Another boater along the river called the incident in.

It is believed that he launched this morning.

Authorities are working to notify the man’s family.

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