Man drowns in river after running from police

Published: Jan. 25, 2023 at 11:28 PM EST
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PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WSAZ) - The Pikeville Fire Department responded to an incident Wednesday, assisting Kentucky State Police with a man who ran into the Levisa Fork River.

“The fire department was contacted saying that someone had jumped into the river and thats when we deployed out,” said Battalion Chief Mitch Case.

Kentucky State Police say a trooper stopped a car on US 23 and 51 year-old Darrel Gooslin ran from the vehicle and jumped into the river.

“We had personnel at the different boat ramps to be able to be there in the ambulance with throw bags to be able to possibly catch them if they did come down the river,” said Case.

Case says four boats were on the river searching for Gooslin.

“In our minds we’re hoping that we get out on the water, and we don’t have to get someone out of the water,” said Case. “Maybe they made it to the bank and are on the bank, and we can take care of them from there.”

Witnesses said Gooslin went underwater and never came to the surface. Case says the water was cold and moving fast.

“In that water, your body in regular clothes your body is going to be possibly put into shock just from hitting that water,” said Case.

Case says after they didn’t see him in the water, they had to switch from rescue to recovery efforts and found Gooslin’s body a few hours after beginning the search.

“That’s someone’s brother, that’s someone’s sister. We go to that recovery side so there is that closure,” said Case.

Gooslin’s body has been sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.