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Two bodies recovered after water search at Lums Pond State Park


Jeff Neiburg   | Delaware News Journal
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The bodies of two boaters were recovered after an hours-long search from the waters at Lums Pond State Park, Delaware State Police announced late Thursday night.

A 65-year-old Bear man and a 63-year-old Newark man were found dead in Lums Pond after a search Thursday that lasted around six hours and involved multiple agencies from three states.

The call came in around noon and the initial report was that two men had fallen out of a boat and were in the water. Police said a nearby boater attempted to rescue the men but was unsuccessful. It is not clear how they ended up in the water.

Agencies on the scene included Delaware fire companies from Middletown, Delaware City and Townsend and police officers from Delaware State Police and Delaware Fish and Wildlife Natural Resource. Two out-of-state agencies on the scene included Maryland's Susquehanna Hose Company and a rescue team from Downe Township, N.J.

A life ring could be seen on the water as multiple boats conducted their search in the northeast area of the pond just before 5 p.m.

The names of the two men are being withheld pending the notification of next of kin.

No other information was immediately available.

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