JENNINGS RANDOLPH LAKE - The man who drowned in an accident on Jennings Randolph Lake Wednesday afternoon as been identified as Richard Lark, 70, of Hedgesville.

By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
JENNINGS RANDOLPH LAKE - The man who drowned in an accident on Jennings Randolph Lake Wednesday afternoon as been identified as Richard Lark, 70, of Hedgesville.
Maryland Natural Resources Police, who confirmed the identity of the victims, said Lark’s body was sent to the Maryland State Medical Examiner’s Office in Baltimore for autopsy.
According to authorities, Lark and his wife Alice had been out in a boat when they noticed their fishing rods were about to fall off the boat into the water.
They reached for the rods, and both fell overboard.
A passing boater found Lark’s body. Alice Lark was able to swim to shore, where she was assisted by emergency personnel and transported by ambulance to WVU Potomac Valley Hospital for treatment of shock.
The call for the apparent drowning at Jennings Randolph Lake came in to Mineral County 911 shortly after 3 p.m., with Corps of Engineers park rangers directing emergency crews to the Howell boat launch on the West Virginia side of the lake.
Dive teams from Deep Creek and Deer Park volunteer fire departments were called to the scene, along with the Elk District and New Creek fire departments.
Dispatchers were asked at one point to call for the availability of the Trooper 5 Medevac, but it was later determined the helicopter was not needed.