State police say a 48-year-old man has died after his kayak overturned in the icy waters of the Susquehanna River in central Pennsylvania.
Troopers from the Punxsutawney barracks say the deceased man’s name is Edward Heberling, Jr. He lived in Westover, Pennsylvania.
“Mr. Heberling was kayaking with a relative in Burnside Township in Clearfield Count, when his craft capsized, dumping him into the fast-moving water.”
Due to the ice covering the river, Heberling could not be located in the area of the accident, according to the police.
“A command post was established on the bridge at Kantz Hill Road while the search was ongoing. Approximately 45 minutes later, Heberling was discovered approximately 100 yards downstream from his entry point.”
According to the police report “Emergency personnel immediately began to administer first-aid, and Heberling was air lifted from the scene to Conemaugh Hospital. Efforts to revive Heberling continued at the hospital but were unsuccessful.”
Several agencies participated in the rescues. These include “Westover Fire Dept., Cherry Tree Fire Dept., Burnside Fire Dept., Sandy Township Fire Dept., Treasure Lake Fire Rescue, Jackson Township Ice Rescue, Grampian Fire Dept., Curwensville Fire Dept., Citizens Ambulance and Mahaffey Ambulance.”