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Two pulled from river


STEPHANIE BETTICK/STAFF PHOTO A DH&L Fire and Rescue vehicle remained at Shady Nook Boat Launch after two men were pulled from the Susquehanna River around 2 p.m. Tuesday.

STEPHANIE BETTICK/STAFF PHOTO A DH&L Fire and Rescue vehicle remained at Shady Nook Boat Launch after two men were pulled from the Susquehanna River around 2 p.m. Tuesday.

SHAMOKIN DAM — Two fishermen were pulled from the Susquehanna River by emergency responders after their boat capsized shortly before 2 p.m. Tuesday, with one being administered CPR at the scene.

Shamokin Dam Fire Co. No. 1 Fire Chief Jon Gray said the call was made by men working in the area of the Fabridam when they noticed two victims in the water.

Two rescue boats were launched and when the men were located by members of the DH&L Fire Co. Selinsgrove, Gray said one was above the surface while the other wasn’t visible. The second man was found and both men were brought to shore in the area of the Panda Hummel power generation station under construction.

The second man was administered CPR after being pulled from the water and was transported to a hospital, according to Gray. The other man was able to leave the location without assistance.

Gray said water rescues are a “pretty common thing” for the rescue squad due to boats capsizing when people accidentally get too close to the dam.

State police at Stonington said the incident is being investigated by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.

The Fabridam was deflated in late August so repairs could be made on two of the inflatable bags.