ARDEN, W.Va. -- Authorities say increased patrols have reduced drownings and other incidents at a popular river hangout in Barbour County.
The site known as Party Rock near Arden has been the scene of numerous drownings over the years. The site gets its name from a large rock in the river.
Barbour County Sheriff John Hawkins tells The Exponent Telegram (http://bit.ly/128MEpi ) that the only reported incidents this summer have been a person and a pet stranded on a rock.
In the past, Barbour County Commissioner Phil Hart says people hanging out at Party Rocky violated laws such as drunken driving, underage drinking and parking.
Hart says residents have become more aware of the river's dangers.
Hawkins says the crackdown is a joint effort of local police, state police and the Division of Natural Resources.