‘Rescue’ called off

Report of man in water debunked

KRISTEN TENNITY/THE EXPRESS This water rescue crew from Citizens Hose Co., Lock Haven, was among volunteers searching the Susquehanna River near Renovo Friday afternoon after a body was reported floating in the water.

From staff reports

RENOVO — A more than four-hour search for a body reported floating in the West Branch of the Susquehanna River here on Friday afternoon turned up nothing.

The report from a resident who said he saw a man he identified in the river was a mistake, according to Renovo fire officials.

Whatever he saw was not a body, officials said, preferring to limit their comments and not identify the person who called or the person thought to be in the water.

In fact, the man thought to have been in the water is alive and well, officials said.

The “river rescue” was called off at about 4 p.m. Friday after it was determined that the man presumed to be in the river was, in fact, at his home.

It was about 12:10 p.m. when Clinton County Communications Center received a call that a man was seen in the river behind the 500 block of Ontario Avenue.

About a half dozen fire companies responded.

Six boats were put into the river from three locations along the river from Renovo south to Hyner to search for the would-be body, officials said. Residents gathered along the river to watch, as the fast-moving water pushed logs, large chunks of ice and other debris downstream.

Fire companies responding included Renovo, Avis, Citizens Hose of Lock Haven and Howard, along with Goodwill Ambulance from Flemington.