MAHONING TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — A Clarion County man who went missing this weekend during a canoeing trip on Mahoning Creek in Armstrong County was found dead Sunday morning.
According to the Armstrong County Coroner’s Office, the death 60-year-old Harry Orr of Redbank Township has been ruled accidental due to fresh water drowning.
His body was found just before 8:30 a.m. Sunday.
The coroner’s office reports that Orr left on the canoeing trip around 5:30 p.m. from the Furnace, a landmark area south of the Mahoning Dam, with his friend 32-year-old Jason McGuire and McGuire’s 11-year-old son.
The canoe began filling with water and capsized shortly after hitting some choppy water conditions about a half hour into the trip.
Authorities say the three had put on life jackets before leaving on their trip, but both Orr and McGuire had taken them off before the boat capsized.
McGuire reportedly tried pushing the canoe towards Orr before turning to swim to shore with his son. The coroner’s office reports that McGuire followed the shore line about two-and-a-half miles down the creek looking for Orr and called 911 when he reached Putneyville.
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission are investigating.
McGuire was taken to Clarion Hospital for treatment of injuries after being dragged by the current through the rocky bottom of the creek.