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Plunkett’s Creek firefighters respond to two water incidences on Loyalsock Creek

The Plunkett’s Creek Township Volunteer Fire Department had a busy Saturday afternoon on Loyalsock Creek.

The department responded to two calls in quick succession; one of an individual stranded on an island at around 11:30 a.m., and another for two individuals who became separated from their tubing group at 12:09 p.m., according to Brad Stine, the department’s chief.

The individual stranded on an island in the middle of the creek was recovered without incident, while the two lost individuals were found, Stine said.

“The person camped on an island overnight… he had waded over there to camp overnight, then couldn’t get back,” Stine said.

According to Stine, the adult male camper walked across the creek the previous night before setting up camp. When he woke up, the water was around six to eight feet deep.

“It was a part of Loyalsock stream that narrows up, so the water was moving pretty fast,” Stine said.

The camper was never at risk, according to Stine, and it was just a matter of picking him up with one of the Williamsport City Fire Department’s boats brought to the scene. They cleared the incident at around 12:30 p.m.

“If he paid attention to the weather he might have made a different decision,” Stine said.

In addition to Plunkett’s Creek Township Volunteer Fire Department and city fire assisting with the incident, Eldred Township Volunteer Fire Company responded as well. Meanwhile, boat 39 from Muncy Area Volunteer Fire Company was dispatched as an added precaution while

Plunkett’s Creek, Eldred Township, City of Williamsport’s boat was dispatched, as was boat 39 from Muncy. Ambulance 18 out of Loyalsock also arrived on-scene in case of injury.

Midway through that incident, at around 12:10 p.m., Plunkett’s Creek Township Firefighters were requested to respond to a call involving two lost tubers upstream in Sullivan County, Stine said.

The two had been separated from a group of six, according to Stine, and were located unharmed close to the area where they entered the creek.

“When Loyalsock gets up and it is muddy and high and you can’t see what’s going on — high, muddy water is not something I recommend people go into. You can’t see obstructions in the water,” Stine said.

Plunkett’s Creek Township firefighters aided the Hillsgrove Fire Department and others in this incident.

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