UPDATE: Missing woman rescued after found holding onto log in James River Tuesday morning, Amherst County officials say

Lynchburg & Central Virginia News

UPDATE 8:42 a.m.: The Amherst County Sheriff’s Office provided more information about the missing woman who was rescued from the James River early Tuesday morning.

The sheriff’s office says the county dispatch center received a call about a missing woman at approximately 8:08 p.m. on Monday, June 14. Deputies then responded to the Monacan Park area of Amherst County and found the woman’s vehicle 10 minutes later.

Authorities say they requested additional assistance to find the woman, bringing in the following agencies:

  • Amherst County Department of Public Safety
  • Amherst Volunteer Fire Department
  • Campbell County Sheriff’s Office
  • Lynchburg Police Department
  • Monelison Volunteer Fire Department
  • Monelison Volunteer Rescue
  • Virginia State Police

After an extensive air, water and ground search, the Amherst County Sheriff’s Office says a fire department boat recovered the missing woman from the water around 4 a.m. on Tuesday, June 15.

She was transported in stable condition to Lynchburg General Hospital, where officials say she is currently being treated.     


UPDATE 7:26 a.m.: The Amherst Fire Department shared additional details about the water rescue operation involving a missing person in Amherst County early Tuesday morning.

According to the department, the Amherst County Swiftwater Rescue Team was called to help the Amherst County Sheriff’s Office with a missing person along the James River in the Salt Creek area.

Just before 2:45 a.m. on Tuesday, June 15, a boat from Monelison searched the the Amherst County side of the river from Monacan Park to Salt Creek.

Meanwhile, less than 10 minutes later, the Amherst boat was searching the Bedford County side of the river and back down the Amherst County side.

At approximately 4:10 a.m., fire officials say first responders made contact with the person before the Monelison boat pulled her from the river, where she was holding onto a log.

The department says all boats returned to the command post and the woman was handed over to the medics shortly after 4:15 a.m. on Tuesday.


AMHERST COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — One person is safe after being pulled from the James River by deputies and first responders early Tuesday morning in Amherst County.

Deputies from the Amherst County Sheriff’s Office say they responded to Monacan Park for reports of a possible water rescue after a call came in to Amherst County Public Safety around 1 a.m. on Tuesday, June 15.

According to authorities, they found the person in the river and were able to safely rescue them, with the help of Amherst County Public Safety, the Monelison Volunteer Fire Department, and Virginia State Police.

The deputies say the person was reported missing around 6 p.m. on Monday, June 14 and was missing for more than 10 hours before they were rescued.

The person — who had been walking along the riverbank on the Amherst County side before ending up in the river — was being treated at the scene when WFXR News arrived.

The sheriff’s office is set to provide more information later Tuesday morning.

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