Assault of Etters man tied to river rescue, and search for missing man

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EAST MANCHESTER COUNTY, Pa. – Northeastern Regional Police say a river rescue near Ely Island Monday night is tied to an alleged assault of a fisherman from Etters, York County.

Police say at about 8 p.m. three males allegedly assault another male had been fishing on the Susquehanna River in the 100 block of Gut Road. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he was treated for facial injuries.

One male suspect was detained by police while he was leaving the scene. The two other suspects attempted to avoid apprehensive by swimming away in the river. One of the suspects floundered in the water and began calling for help. He was subsequently pulled from the water by river rescue units and police. He told police that he lost contact with his friend while they were navigating the dark waters. He was feared missing. An intense search by river rescue assisted by a Pennsylvania State Police helicopter turned up no sign of the man. The search was eventually suspended.

The missing man called police on Tuesday and reported that he was okay. He said that he had fled the scene on foot.

Police say the men were from the Harrisburg and Linglestown areas in Dauphin County. So far no charges have been filed. Northeastern Regional Police say their investigation continues.