Death of 5-year-old boy in Susquehanna River ruled a freshwater drowning


LANCASTER COUNTY, Pa. (WHTM) — It took crews several hours of searching the Susquehanna River in Conoy Township to find a five-year-old boy who fell into the water.

Susquehanna Regional Police say the boy was playing near the river when he fell in. It took crews almost five hours to find him using several boats in the water and a helicopter in the air.

River rescue crews and fire departments from across the area assisted in the search.

On Monday, The Lancaster County Coroner’s Office and Forensic Center said the child, from Bainbridge, PA, died as a result of fresh water drowning. The manner of his death was ruled accidental.

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The water may look calm on the edge, but heavy rain weekend storms caused the river to naturally run faster. People often underestimate the power of the undercurrents. The Lancaster County Coroner’s Office is expected to do an autopsy next week.

Just say ago, a 58-year-old man went missing in the Swatara Creek in Lower Swatara Township. On Sunday, first responders were able to recover his body around noon.

Police say he was a part of a group floating down the creek when he became entangled in debris. Several people did make it out.

But again, police say the creek level there rose two feet in just a few hours. One of the biggest reminders from emergency crews is to always wear a life jacket when you’re going in any flowing creek or river.

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