Fish­er­man drowns in Cham­bers Lake

Man fell into the lake while fish­ing from a boat

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Pete Ban­nan pban­nan@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com

WEST CALN >> A day of fish­ing on Cham­bers Lake at Hiber­nia Park ap­pears to have turned into a tragedy after a fish­er­man fell into the lake Thurs­day morn­ing at about 11 a.m.

Mike Flo­rian of West Brandy­wine was one of a num­ber of fish­er­men on­shore near the pub­lic boat ramp who saw events un­fold.

“He was in a 8-foot plas­tic formed boat,” Flo­rian said as he watched res­cuers search for the miss­ing fish­er­man. He de­scribed the man as be­ing in his 60s.

“He couldn’t put the boat in right,” Flo­rian said. “He didn’t shove off smoothly. He was 30 min­utes on shore and 15 min­utes on the wa­ter try­ing to en­gage his mo­tor.”

Flo­rian said after he launched he went to fish on the shore.

“I heard him yell, ‘ahh s—,’ and that was it,” Flo­rian said.

Flo­rian said he yelled to kayak­ers in the area to go to the man’s aid.

They reached the boat but did not see the man in the wa­ter.

Boats from the Ch­ester County Park Rangers, Friend­ship Fire Com­pany Div­ing-Res­cue Unit, and Wagontown Fire Com­pany were dis­patched and searched for the miss­ing man in the area where the man was last seen, but after an hour a re­quest was made for a dive team as the search be­came a re­cov­ery.

Flo­rian com­mis­er­ated with fel­low fish­er­man Roger Bruce of Philadel­phia, who also saw events un­fold.

Both men de­scribed the fish­er­man as un­sure on the wa­ter. Nei­ther man saw the fish­er­man wear­ing a life pre­server.

Even­tu­ally kayak­ers moved the boat to shore as res­cue crews con­ducted a land search to be cer­tain the man hadn’t come ashore un­seen.

Down­ing­town and Lionville fire com­pany boats also re­sponded to assist with the re­cov­ery.

As of 5 p.m. Thurs­day, au­thor­i­ties were still search­ing the lake for the drown­ing vic­tim.

PETE BAN­NAN — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Ch­ester County Park Rangers search for a miss­ing fish­er­man on Cham­bers Lake at Hiber­nia Park on Thurs­day. Mul­ti­ple wit­nesses saw the man fall in the wa­ter from the or­ange boat and never re­turn to the sur­face.

PETE BAN­NAN — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

A Ch­ester County Park Ranger re­lays in­for­ma­tion from a wit­ness to res­cuers search­ing for a miss­ing fish­er­man on Cham­bers Lake at Hiber­nia Park on Thurs­day.

PETE BAN­NAN — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Ch­ester County Park Rangers search for a miss­ing fish­er­man on Cham­bers Lake at Hiber­nia Park. A kayaker pulled the or­ange boat to shore.

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