TUNKHANNOCK — A daylong search for a missing fisherman has ended after recovery crews pulled a body from the Susquehanna River.
Troopers said Charles Remas, 52, of West Pittston went fishing on the river Monday afternoon and never came home.
Search and rescue teams went out on the Susquehanna River in Wyoming County in the midst of the season’s first snow storm. It was around 3:30 a.m. when state police put out the call to search for a fisherman who hadn’t returned home after going out on the water near Mehoopany on Monday.
Searchers were not hopeful from the beginning.
Early in the morning searchers found the fisherman’s motor boat miles downstream past Tunkhannock. Officials say the engine was in the engaged position and was out of gas.
Searchers spent the rest of the day combing 12 miles of the Susquehanna by boat and by air.
Crews had to take frequent breaks because of the cold weather.
“The wind has been very difficult out there. We have been up in the Camp Lackawanna area and the winds been very rough. We actually had white caps on the river like you’re in the ocean with the boats up through there. It’s been extremely hard on our rescuers,” said Tunkhannock Dive & Rescue Team member Mike Markovitz.
Crews headed back to the Camp Lackawanna area in Mehoopany Township at the end of the day where a man’s body was pulled from the water at Schaffer’s Campground and taken away in an ambulance.
This area is about two miles away from where the fisherman’s car was found 12 hours earlier.