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Saturday, April 4, 2015

Drowning Victim In Sinnemahoning Creek Identified


WATER RESCUE-SWIFT WATER
Address: 1354 BUCKTAIL TRAIL HWY @Tunnel Hill Pulloff
City: GIBSON
Cross Streets: MASON RUN RD * GROVE HILL RD
MAN TELLS STATE POLICE HIS BROTHER FELL INTO WATER
Agency: CAMERON CO 16 FD;
SINNEMAHONING AMB; CAMERON CO 14 FD; AUSTIN AMBULANCE; ELK COMPANY 1 FD; RENOVO STATION 29
4/4/2015 11:32:38 AM
THE CANOE & KAYAK RACE WAS PREVIOUSLY MOVED TO SINNEMAHONING DAM BECAUSE OF HIGH WATER ON THE RIVER. 

12:05 PM--MAN'S BODY SPOTTED AT THE BENNETT FARM. 
12:10 PM--IN MIDDLE OF RIVER AT JOHNSON FARM, UNABLE TO REACH., UNITS MOVING DOWNSTREAM. 
12:16 PM--UNITS AT GOOSETOWN HOPING TO INTERCEPT. 
12:29 PM--RADIO MESSAGE REPORTS VICTIM HAS BEEN RECOVERED BY BOAT. THEY ARE REQUESTING A ROPE & STOKES BASKET. 
1:15 PM--UNITS RELEASED FROM SCENE & STANDBY. 

Drowning Victim Identified
A Pennsylvania State Police trooper on routine patrol was flagged down by an individual who reported an individual had fallen into the Driftwood Branch of the Susquehanna River in the area of the Tunnel Hill curve in Gibson Township, Cameron County, PA.

The trooper summoned help and many units were summoned from area communities and units that were stationed at the Sinnemahoning Dam for the Annual Cameron County Canoe and Kayak Race which had been moved from the 12 mile stretch of Sinnemahoning Creek because of high water causing unsafe conditions.

The body of Michael Shawn Tarbet, age 53, of 14068 Canfield Street, Alliance, Ohio was recovered about 7 miles downstream, near the trestle, just prior to the Borough of Driftwood.

Upon recovery, Cameron County Coroner Ted Walters pronounced Tarbet deceased due to drowning. State Police listed the incident as an accidental drowning and time of the incident at 11:00 AM. State Police did not elaborate on the circumstances of the incident, but information passed over the radio during the event said the man was nearly blind and unable to use his legs.

Cameron County Emergency Management and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources also assisted at the scene according to a news release from Trooper John G. Whitcomb of the Emporium PSP barracks.



Bradford Era has an UPDATE

7 comments :

Anonymous said...

This isn't good... I hope all are ok...

Anonymous said...

so did the guy drown did not hear them call for coroner

Anonymous said...

yes, he did drown.

Anonymous said...

What happened?? Did this fellow fall off a bridge?? How?? This is just so sad and there are so many stories going around. First we thought he was in a canoe..then heard he fell off bridge...Does anyone know what happened?

Anonymous said...

Thoughts and prayers going out to the family and friends of Michael Tarbet. Michael is from Alliance, Ohio. He was the person who drowned in Cameron County. Such a sad situation.

Anonymous said...

Such a tragedy. If nearly blind and unable to use his legs, how did he end up in the river? Or even get down to the river for that matter?

Anonymous said...

My thoughts exactly 3:00