Search for missing boater suspended for the night


After more than five hours of searching the Susquehanna River for a missing boater, rescue crews have left the scene for the evening.

The 63-year-old man is still missing after his canoe capsized this afternoon.

His wife and dog, however, were both rescued and are safe.

Rescue crews say they will continue their search Monday morning.


Rescue crews from both York and Lancaster Counties are searching the Susquehanna River for a missing boater.

Around 3 p.m. Sunday, a canoe carrying a man, his wife and their dog , capsized in the river near Marietta. The woman was rescued and brought to shore, but her 63-year old husband has not been located yet. Crews are searching the water near River Front Park in Marietta and the East Donegal area.

The dog was wearing a life vest and was found on shore, however he ran away from rescuers so they are still searching for him on land.

Right now, about seven boats are involved in the search and a Pennsylvania State Police helicopter is en route to join the effort soon.

Susquehanna Regional Police say the couple was not wearing life jackets and overturned because of rough waters. FOX43 will bring you more information as it becomes available.


  • Steve

    If it’s a smaller dog we just spotted it at the end of the Marietta rail trail heading towards bainbridge, right where the contstructiom fence is. We tried to call the dog out but to no avail. This was approx. 30 minutes ago.

  • Monica

    Why don’t you ask who was using the speed boats in that area. I was fishing with my family there today. We saw 2 canoes and 2 speed boats. The park had a full lot earlier ask all who was there.

  • Laura

    I agree with Anon, thhis man’s daughter and teh rest of his family are in agony, I know them personally…..I happen to believe you cannot be so heartless as to say that to their face, so don’t be a coward and post it on here!

  • Anonymous

    Don’t you think most people are looking at this article and thinking, “Oh gosh, they should have been wearing PFDs” ? Thank you for pointing out the obvious, Joe. Laura and Anon are simply asking that unless you are offering your condolences for the family, you keep your mouth shut out of respect for this man’s family. Your intention may have been based in goodness, but to the family and others it comes off as rude, hurtful, and disrespectful.

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