2 drown in Susquehanna River

LOCK HAVEN – Two people drowned in the muddy waters of the Susquehanna River Thursday afternoon after being swept over the Grant Street dam while floating on the river.

Alecia Frey, 50, and Roland Richmond, 58, both of Lock Haven, were pronounced dead at about 3:15 p.m. by Clinton County Coroner Donald G. Walker.

They were found floating in the river between the first and second island bridges by local emergency responders, according to Woodward Township Police Officer Brian Kitko.

Helen Solt, who was rafting with them, was pulled from the river near Veterans Park, across from Piper Memorial Airport. She appeared in good condition and was transported to Lock Haven Hospital for treatment, Kitko said.

The emergency call to the communications center was made at about 2:19 p.m.

A caller reported that three individuals on rafts had just gone over the dam. Emergency crews responded immediately with a boat from Citizens Hose Co.

Walker said the three were floating on small plastic rafts. They couldn’t get ashore because of the strong current and were swept over the dam, he said.

Kitko said the three entered the river from the amphitheatre in the dike-levee near Veterans Bridge.

The river is extremely high, muddy and swift after last weekend’s severe storms, he noted, adding that few boaters were on the river due to the unfavorable conditions.