Brothers Drown in WV

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Fairmont, W.Va. (Ap) -- The names of two brothers who drowned at Valley Falls State Park have been released.

Marion County Sheriff's Department Detective Shawn Mathews says 29-year-old Luis Cleofas was jumping from rock to rock across the falls on the Tygart Valley River on Tuesday when he fell 15 to 20 feet into the water. Twenty-six-year-old Victor Cleofas jumped in to try to save his brother but was overcome by a strong undertow.

The brothers were from Macuila in the state of Hidalgo in Mexico and were in the U.S. on work visas.

Both were cooks at a Fairmont Restaurant.

Victor Cleofas had worked there for three years. Luis Cleofas had moved to the area with his wife and son from Washington State three weeks ago.

(Copyright 2008 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)


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