Boater still missing in Stoneboro

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STONEBORO, Pa. (WKBN) — Rescue crews were on the scene most of the day Friday and all day Saturday at a lake in Mercer County, searching for a man who went missing in the water early Friday morning.

Crews ended their efforts at dusk, but the man’s body had not been found. They are scheduled to begin searching again Saturday morning.

Water Conservation officer Chad Doyle said around 4:30 a.m., a canoe with three individuals capsized. Two of the three, a man and a woman in their 30s, swam to safety and called for help about an hour later.

Officials said the aluminum canoe did not belong to any of the boaters, who apparently took the canoe out for a “joy ride,” but details on what the trio was doing out at that hour are not being released.

Doyle said alcohol is believed to have been a factor and no one was wearing life jackets, which is something spokesman Eric Levis says could have prevented this.

“Life jackets save lives and we encourage everybody, if they are boating, to have life jackets on,” Levis said.

Dive teams from Crawford County are assisting in the search efforts and Pennsylvania State Police have their sonar boat on scene. Firefighters from Jamestown, Stoneboro and Sandy Lake also are on the scene.

This is being classified as a “recovery” attempt, signaling that officials don’t believe the missing man survived.

Levis said he could not release much information since the investigation is ongoing.

Crews do not plan to search on Sunday.

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