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Report ID# 115162

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Accident Description

WATER RESCUE

First responders are en route to the Swatara Creek near the Fiddlers Elbow Road Bridge, where three people are reportedly in the water.

According to dispatch, they are in the water, without life vests and caught up in some debris.

Update (12:59 p.m.) First responders said two kayakers, who were attempting to assist at the scene, are now in the water.

Update (1:02 p.m.) The kayakers are OK and one of the original three victims is out of the water.

Update (1:08 p.m.) The three original victims are out of the water, but first responders believe one person is still unaccounted for. They are searching the creek and asking if the PSP helicopter could respond to look for more victims.

Update (1:45) One person, a 58-year-old male, remains unaccounted for. The search continues ....

Update (2:09) first responders are now stationed at various docks throughout the area stopping all boat traffic from going down steam toward the incident.

Update (9:31 p.m.) The search has been called off for the evening. The man remains missing.

 

News

Rescue crews search for man who went missing in Swatara Creek

Updated: Aug. 28, 2021

Rafter goes missing on Swatara Creek between Hummelstown and Middletown

By Jana Benscoter | jbenscoter@pennlive.com

Harrisburg Patriot News

Update: Rescue efforts have ended today.

The search for a missing man is underway in Dauphin County, according to the Hummelstown Fire Department. Emergency crews were able to rescue three people from the Swatara Creek Saturday afternoon. Among those rescued were kayakers.

Pennsylvania State Police are assisting. A helicopter is being used to try to locate the missing man. Throughout the search, officers pulled a raft from the creek, but there was no one inside of it, according to a PennLive photographer who is at the scene.

 

WATER RESCUE

First responders are en route to the Swatara Creek near the Fiddlers Elbow Road Bridge, where three people are reportedly in the water.

According to dispatch, they are in the water, without life vests and caught up in some debris.

Update (12:59 p.m.) First responders said two kayakers, who were attempting to assist at the scene, are now in the water.

Update (1:02 p.m.) The kayakers are OK and one of the original three victims is out of the water.

Update (1:08 p.m.) The three original victims are out of the water, but first responders believe one person is still unaccounted for. They are searching the creek and asking if the PSP helicopter could respond to look for more victims.

Update (1:45) One person, a 58-year-old male, remains unaccounted for. The search continues ....

Update (2:09) first responders are now stationed at various docks throughout the area stopping all boat traffic from going down steam toward the incident.

Update (9:31 p.m.) The search has been called off for the evening. The man remains missing.

 

News

Man who went missing in Swatara Creek this weekend found dead

HARRISBURG

by: Megan Talley, ABC News 27 Harrisburg

Posted: Aug 28, 2021

DAUPHIN COUNTY, Pa. (WHTM) — Officials say the 58-year-old man who went missing in Swatara Creek on Saturday has been found dead.They say the man was found in the creek on Sunday afternoon after a Saturday floating incident.

Dispatchers say they got a call just before 12:30 on Saturday. They say a group was floating down the creek when they got entangled in branches. They say three or four people got out but the one man was still missing.

 

One found dead following an accident in Swatara Creek

by CBS 21 News, August 29th 2021

DAUPHIN COUNTY — One person has been found dead following an accident in Swatara Creek. On August 28 around 12:30 p.m., police were called to Swatara Creek at Fiddlers Elbow Road overpass. It was reported that there were multiple people in kayaks, innertubes, and small watercraft that had capsized when they came into contact with a downed tree.

According to a police report, they clung onto the downed tree and became stranded there due to the elevated water level and couldn't make it to shore. Police arrived and pulled three people out of the water, and also learned that there was a fourth person that had gone underwater and didn't surface, police say.

A search was initiated immediately upon discovery of this information and ended at dusk. The search resumed on August 29. At approximately 1 p.m. on August 29, the body of the missing person was found. The identity of this person is being withheld.

 

Ryan Hood on FB: They found his body yesterday. The people who were with him are part of a "hiking and kayaking" group I am in. Was about 10 people there with him in the group, with no one being above a rec level kayaker and no swiftwater experience.

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