River Raft Rescue

2 men rescued from river after raft overturns

Friday, May 17, 2013  |  Updated 8:13 AM EDT
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River Raft Rescue

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Rescuers pulled two young men from the Susquehanna River after their raft overturned.

Officials say a driver on Interstate 83 called police shortly after 8 p.m. Thursday to report seeing a raft overturned in the river near the Dock Street Dam, which crosses the river between Harrisburg and Lemoyne.

Harrisburg River Rescue unit Chief Steve Ketterer says the two stranded men were in the boil of the low-head dam, which is dangerous because of the churning water.

The river rescue crew on its third attempt successfully threw a line to the two men and pulled them in.

Ketterer says one of the men complained of neck pain after he was rescued while the other seemed uninjured. Both were treated at an area hospital.

On average, nearly 67 boating accidents happened in each of the past five years in Pennsylvania, according to a U.S. Coast Guard study.

 


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