The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


July 5, 2013

Rescuers save boater, but three other area swimmers die in water accidents

SUNBURY — SUNBURY - Rescue workers prevented a possible boating tragedy late Thursday afternoon near the Adam T. Bower Memorial Dam, but three swimmers in neighboring areas lost their lives during the holiday.

Two people drowned in the West Branch of the Susquehanna River near Lock Haven, while a New York State man died in a stripping pit known as Big Blue Lake in Locust Gap, Northumberland County.

The rescue near the Bower Dam, also know as the Fabridam, occurred when a boater’s motor quit and his anchor became stuck at the base of a pier of the Veterans Memorial Bridge between Sunbury and Shamokin Dam, according to a Shamokin Dam firefighter. The disabled boat and its passengers were towed to safety.

A representative of the Upper Augusta Fire Company, which headed the rescue, could not be reached for comment.

Meanwhile, officials in Clinton County told The Associated Press that a man and woman drowned after venturing out on the rain-swollen river on flotation devices and were swept over a small dam.

Officials said the accident was reported at about 2:30 p.m. Thursday between Lock Haven and Woodward Township.

Mike Fetzer, assistant chief of the Dunnstown Fire Company, said three people were using flotation devices and apparently became caught in the current of the river, which is running high after recent rains, and were swept over the dam.

Fetzer said the bodies of a man and woman were later recovered and they were pronounced dead by the county coroner. He said a kayaker rescued the third person, who was taken to a hospital. The victim’s condition was not immediately available.

In Locust Gap, officials said Benjamin Taus, 24, of West Babylon, N.Y., died after jumping from a rock ledge into a water-filled abandoned stripping pit. The accident was reported by the victim’s brother just before 3 p.m. Scuba diving teams recovered Taus’ body around 5 p.m.

Text Only
  • Budd fundraising run to pass Geisinger

    MILTON — It’s “kickstands up” tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. from LT’s Tavern on Route 405 in Milton where hundreds of motorcycles will take off on a run to raise funds for the Budds, the Ohio family whose matriarch, Sharon, recovers at Geisinger Medical Center from grave injuries suffered in a rock-throwing incident two weeks ago.

    July 25, 2014

  • eyebrows.jpg Coming Sunday: Browsing for brows

    As makeup sales soar, four tips to make your eyebrows raise others'. Coming Sunday

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Attorneys seek $28G more from Line Mountain in wrestling case

    WILLIAMSPORT — The legal fee issue between the Line Mountain School District and the Beattie family, which successfully sued the district to allow seventh-grader Audriana Beattie to participate on the all-male wrestling team, is not over.

    July 24, 2014

  • Driver to police: 'Just shoot me'

    WATSONTOWN — A Turbotville man has been charged with making terroristic threats and disturbing the peace after he allegedly threatened to shoot people in a bar and said he had a weapon.

    July 24, 2014

  • New panel of officers installed by CSIU directors

    MONTANDON — A new executive team was installed at Wednesday night’s Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit meeting, as the terms of the present leadership expired this month. Act 102 of 1970, which first created 29 IUs in Pennsylvania, requires  intermediate unit directors to elect board of director officers annually in July.

    July 24, 2014

  • Geisinger, Highmark deal moving ahead

    DANVILLE — A five-year extension of the contract between Geisinger Health System and Highmark Inc. won’t be affected by a dispute last year over Highmark allegedly undervaluing Geisinger’s health plan and charging certain plan holders more for care at Geisinger facilities.

    July 24, 2014

  • Pickleball players get game on

    SUNBURY — Jan Dockey has been asking the City Council for three months to consider creating a pickleball court.

    July 24, 2014

  • $23 million sweep under way

    After years of finger-pointing and blame, Northumberland County officials have launched an initiative to try to collect $22.8 million in unpaid fines and restitution from what might be 14,000 cases.

    July 24, 2014

  • Mazzeo a finalist for Middletown post

    Former Sunbury police chief Steve Mazzeo is one of three finalists for the same position in a borough about 65 miles away.

    July 24, 2014

  • rundown25zope.jpg Blighted block going bye-bye in Atlas

    Nearly an entire township block in Atlas will be torn down in Mount Carmel Township, utilizing funds from Northumberland County and its Housing Authority in an effort to fight blight. Half of this block is proposed to be developed as low-income senior living units.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

The Daily Marquee

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.