Investigation ongoing after two teens drown in Susquehanna River

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PLYMOUTH, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) We’re learning more tonight about the deaths of two teenagers in the Susquehanna River Tuesday. One boy was 15 and the other 17.

The area where the boys went under is close to the Carey Avenue Bridge, the area is located between Plymouth and Hanover Township.

“I wasn’t here but when I heard I was really upset,” said Jason Pearson.

Jason Pearson is a friend of the 15-year-old boy who drowned Tuesday afternoon. He can’t believe his friend is gone. The deadly drama began to unfold just before 5 p.m.

Eyewitnesses tell investigators the 15-year-old and his 17-year-old friend were swimming near a log when one of the boys went under the water. The other boy tried to save him. He too disappeared below the surface.

Their friends on shore called 911. River rescue crews from across the region searched for five hours, finding the bodies at about 10 p.m. The bodies were found about 30 feet from shore in about 20 feet or more of water.

“He’s going to be well missed. I wish I was there to do something to help,” said Jason Pearson.

The Superintendent of the Wyoming Valley West School District, Dave Tosh, tells Eyewitness News both victims were students at the high school in Plymouth. Grief counselors will be at the school Wednesday and Thursday for anyone who needs to talk to somebody about the tragedy. Pearson says his friend always wanted to help others.

“He was a nice kind person who was really helpful. He helped people through a lot of stuff,” he said.

Captain Robert Plumb from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission says the Susquehanna River often appears calm—when in reality it can be vicious.

Captain Robert Plumb from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.

“People like to swim and go out in the water. With the width of the Susquehanna River, it doesn’t look that it’s moving as fast as it is actually in some cases,” he said.

The names of the victims have not yet been released. The county coroner says they are still in the process of notifying next of kin.

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