UPDATE: Body Found In Susquehanna River

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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.


  • RJ

    It is a law that you are required to wear a life vest in boats under 16ft in length and all canoes and kayaks from November 1st to April 31st, so if his boat was over 15ft, he WAS NOT required to be wearing one. Life vest isn’t going to help in cold water if no one is around to help….

    • Len

      I bed to differ, life jackets will save lives. Recreational boating fatalities that occur in Pennsylvania from November through April are primarily due to the effects of cold water immersion. When water temperatures are less than 70 degrees F, cold water shock is a major factor in boating fatalities. Victims who wear a life jacket when exposed to cold water have potentially life-saving advantages such as insulation from the cold, buoyancy for victims who are unable to tread water and reduced risk of aspiration of water.

      • RJ

        A traditional life jacket does not exactly create insulation( obviosly some exceptions) How can it when water can get in between the vest and the body? I agree on your other points, but they go for any time of the year, whether the water is 33 degrees or 100 degrees. My point was your chances are slim no matter what if you are alone or unable to reboard your vessel in cold water, with a tragic example with this story.

  • Len

    Just a reminder it is law that you wear a PFD (life jacket) between Nov 1st and April 1st. Cold water can kill in just minutes.

  • guy

    the river current in the river is really fast this time of year but its shallow still around the big rocks you see this at least once a year this time of year the river is at its most dangerous and ppl go on it anyway… they will probably never find him… most likely either fell in or boat hit one of the big rocks or shoals and threw him in the water that way.. and the rivers so cold you can’t swim.

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