CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A teenage boy was killed in a rafting incident on the Lower New River Tuesday afternoon in Fayette County.
The boy, who was part of a commercial rafting trip, went into the water at the Keeney Rapids, said Robin Snyder, a National Parks Service spokeswoman.
"That has been a problem area. It's a pretty serious rapid," she said.
He became caught in an undercut rock that rafters commonly refer to as "the meat grinder," Snyder said.
Snyder wasn't sure exactly how long he was under water, but said CPR was administered after he was pulled out. He was taken by ambulance to Plateau Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead.
Officials were not releasing the boy's name. He was 16 years old.
Snyder said rafting guides on the New River are well trained but that accidents can happen.
National Park Service rangers are investigating the incident.