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Pa. kayaker still missing along Susquehanna

Harford rescue crews aid in search, due to resume Monday

BY BRYNA ZUMER, bzumer@theaegis.com

5:11 PM EST, January 31, 2012

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Rescue personnel continue to search for a kayaker missing since late Saturday night on the Susquehanna River in York County, Pa., about six miles north of the Harford County border.

Harford County rescuers had originally been called to help find the missing man, who was identified Monday as Nicholas Herr, 24, of New Providence, Pa.

As of Tuesday afternoon, authorities were still looking for him and planned to resume a search Friday or Saturday, according to the Intelligencer Journal in Lancaster.

Herr was paddling to an island with another man, Archie McConnell, of Quarryville, Penn., at about 11 p.m. Saturday when their kayaks capsized, according to a news release from the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission.

McConnell managed to swim to safety. Pennsylvania rescuers recovered both kayaks and called off the search for Herr early Sunday morning, but they expected to resume at about 2 p.m. Monday.

"The Lancaster County coroner's office has him listed as missing," Fish & Boat Commission Press Secretary Eric Levis wrote in the release. "Their office decides when to list the individual as deceased."

McConnell said the two men had decided to winter camp on an island, where they had been before. McConnell encountered rough water, was turned sideways and his boat started taking on water.

Herr tried to help him, but both ended up capsizing.

After swimming to safety on the York County (west) shore of the river, McConnell called for help from a nearby house. Both men were wearing life jackets.

The search extended south from the Muddy Creek boat launch toward Conowingo Dam in Harford County, but was called off after six hours Sunday morning.

The search was led by Rawlinsville Volunteer Fire Company in York County and assisted by the Fish & Boat Commission and rescue crews from Harford County and Lancaster County, Pa.

Harford volunteer fire companies from Darlington and Whiteford, as well as the Susquehanna Hose Company of Havre de Grace's swift water rescue team, assisted York County and Lancaster County units.

Officials were originally dispatched to the area of River Road on the York County shore of the river where McConnell came ashore.

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