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Search for missing canoeist in Stoneboro to resume Saturday

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Family and friends watch and wait along the shore Family and friends watch and wait along the shore

STONEBORO, Pa. - Recovery teams continue searching for the victim of a canoeing accident on Stoneboro Lake on Saturday.

Authorities say the three people, a woman from Stoneboro and two men from Sandy Lake, took a canoe onto the lake in the pre-dawn hours, around 4.a.m Friday At some point the canoe capsized and all three went into the water. The woman and one man were able to swim to shore, but the other man whose name had not been released, didn't make it.

An emergency call brought fire and rescue teams to the scene, along with a scuba dive team from Crawford county. A helicopter also attempted to spot the victim from the air. Later a boat with sonar equipment was used to try and detect an image that would put the divers back in the water.

The lead investigator with the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission says alcohol was involved, but it's not certain if it was a factor in the accident.

A one point a crowd of about 40 local residents had gathered at the lakeside, many comforting one another. Stoneboro resident Pegge D'Angelo says unlike a bigger city, the news here travels quickly.

"Because the town is small everybody knows everybody and word gets out quickly, and everybody's always very supportive of each other always to be there to help to comfort" said D'Angelo.

Candace Burnett operates a local beauty salon and is a life-long Stoneboro resident, she says whenever a family is touched by tragedy they receive an outpouring of support.

"The whole community just seems to pull together and tries to support everybody involved" Burnett said.

The two people who managed to swim to shore did not require hospitalization.

 

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