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Canoeist missing since falling into river on Sunday afternoon

Robert Brennan, 63 of Wrightsville, pa fell into the Susquehanna River on Sunday when his canoe flipped over in white water near Shocks Mill Bridge in Conoy Township.

His wife Catherine and dog also fell in, the dog wearing a life preserver, and they both made it to shore, but her husband never made it out, and has been missing ever since.

A body was discovered about 14 miles down river near the Long Level Marina. The body has yet to be identified.

According to an article over at Lancasteronline, "A boater found their overturned canoe with a wallet and life jacket inside before 3 p.m.

A body of a man was found Tuesday, about 14 miles downriver near the Long Level Marina. An autopsy on Wednesday failed to establish a positive identification. Cause of death was freshwater drowning.

Authorities are now trying to locate dental records to determine an identification."

Pennsylvania law requires that enough life preservers be present in a vessel for each adult, but need not be worn, as opposed to children under 12 who must wear the PFD's.

According to the same article, "The accident is yet another tragic reminder that paddlers and boaters should expect the unexpected says the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.

“Nobody expects to have an accident. Nobody expects to capsize, so you should prepare for it,” Eric Levis, PFBC spokesman, said Wednesday.

“The life jackets save lives. We know they do.”

The fatal canoe accident in Conoy Township will be the 15th boating fatality in Pennsylvania so far this year. Ten of the 15 killed were paddlers. In 2013, there were 17."


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