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Rescuers Searching For Man’s Body in Lake Wallenpaupack


PALMYRA TOWNSHIP — There was an apparent drowning at Lake Wallenpaupack, according to firefighters in Pike County.

According to police, 24-year-old Ben Culton, of Montgomery County is missing, after late night canoeing.

Officials said it happened just before midnight in Palmyra Township Friday night when two canoes were in the water at Seeley’s Landing.

According to firefighters, a green fiberglass canoe flipped, and the three people in that boat grabbed on to a longer aluminum boat, which caused the second canoe to flip as well.

Officials said six people made it to shore, one man did not, and the body has not been recovered.

Adam Wills, a friend, says that Culton is popular, in his crowd, and loved to get people singing around a campfire.

“He loved the outdoors, his nickname was ‘Lumberjack’, he works for a tree company, he is definately one with nature,” Wills adds, “He was one great kid, he did not deserve it.”

First responders searched all day Saturday using sonar and dive teams from three local departments, Forest, Tafton, and Ledgedale. The search is scheduled to resume Sunday morning.

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