Walter Dewayne Dale

Person Heard Yelling for Help by Civilian led to Rescue of Missing Williamsburg, Kentucky, Man at Cumberland Falls

Cumberland Falls State Resort Park - On Tuesday, January 16, 2024, at approximately 1:30 PM, I was notified by personnel with Eagle Sawyers Fire Dept. that a civilian, Jason Beavers had Contacted McCreary County 911 reporting that he could hear a male yelling for help near Eagle Falls. 

Ranger Bishop along with Sgt. Barnett, and Col. Crockett responded to the staging area at 6-Gun City, an old western theme town, is where the Eagle-Sawyer Fire Dept. deployed their search and rescue team, after speaking with the Chief it was determined that the quickest route for evacuation would be by boat across the river. 

Whitley County Emergency Management Director Jerry Rains contacted Search and Rescue and had a boat and team sent to the beach at Cumberland Falls. 

Swift Water Rescue deployed and brought the person across the river where I was able to confirm him to be Walter Dale, a subject that I had entered missing. 

Dale was transported by Whitley County EMS to the Whitley County Airport where PHI air medical was waiting to transport him to the University of Tennessee medical center. 

Agencies that assisted in the rescue efforts.

Corbin Fire, Woodbine Search and Rescue, Whitley County Emergency Management, Whitley County Police Dept., Kentucky State Police, Eagle-Sawyer Fire Dept., Williamsburg Police Dept., McCreary County EMS, Whitley County EMS, McCreary County Emergency Management. 

CONTACT: Gerald Bisschop                 


CONTACT PHONE:  (606) 528-4121



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