UPDATE 8/1/12 @ 11:15 a.m.
ALUM CREEK, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The name of the woman who drowned in the Little Coal River in Lincoln County has been released.
West Virginia State Police tell WSAZ.com Jennifer Racer was swimming with friends in Alum Creek about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Troopers say they believe Racer slipped and fell and hit her head on some rocks. She then floated nearly a mile down the river before pulled out by a group of fisherman.
The fisherman turned out to be a group of doctors from CAMC, they tried to give Racer CPR but they were unable to revive her.
Racer was 27-years-old.
Rescue teams say the woman was in her mid-20s and was unconscious when they arrived.
"She traveled downstream about three-quarters of a mile," Alum Creek Fire Chief Jim Oldaker said. "That was quite a bit of time that she was perhaps underwater."
Crews say she had come with several people to an area of the river known as "the locks" but somehow got separated from the group.
"The locks" is a very frequently-used swimming area because it's very easy access to the river," Oldaker said. "But it's rocky and gets very slick when it's raining."
The woman's friends called 911 when they couldn't find her, but they didn't know that others were already trying to save her. Three men near the river spotted her body, and all were doctors at CAMC.
Dr. Steven Hollosi was one of them.
"You just fall back on your training ... do what's right and what the situation calls for," Hollosi said. "You just do everything you can."
Hollosi says he and his colleagues were just fishing on their day off, but immediately sprang into action when they saw the woman.
They gave her CPR until paramedics arrived, but found that it was already too late.
"We did everything we could do to save the young lady, and we're certainly grieving her loss," Hollosi said.
Police wouldn't identify the woman until all of her relatives are notified. They're still investigating exactly why she drowned, but responders say she may have slipped on wet rocks and hit her head.
Crews say the woman was swimming with friends in Alum Creek near the Kanawha/Lincoln County line around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Responders are investigating but believe she may have slipped and hit her head.
She floated nearly a mile down the river.
A group of fisherman found her floating in the water and pulled her out. They tried to give her CPR, but they were unable to revive her.
The woman was in her mid-20s. Her name is not being released yet.
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Dispatchers say she was swimming with friends when she went under the water and did not come back up.
This happened about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday near the Kanawha/Lincoln County line.
Dispatchers say the woman has been pulled out of the water and crews are in the process of giving her CPR.
We have a crew on the scene. Keep clicking WSAZ.com for the latest information.
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