Susquehanna Water Rescue 6-17

Rescue officials were dispatched Sunday afternoon after a family of four was flipped from their canoe along the Route 30 bridge on the Susquehanna River.

A family canoeing trip along the Susquehanna River near Columbia took a turn for the worst Sunday afternoon when the canoe flipped and capsized, according to police.

The family of four — a man, his wife and a daughter and son, both under 10 years of age — hit rough waters just before 4:30 p.m. Sunday, causing the canoe to flip, according to West Hempfield Police Sgt. Russell Geier. The family was sent overboard and drifted apart from each other, Geier said.

All on board were wearing life vests, Geier said, though the father lost his while attempting to reach family members. He eventually swam ashore.

A coordinated effort by West Hempfield police, Pennsylvania State Police and Columbia police led to the rescue of the three other family members, who had drifted toward the Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge.

No one was injured, just “wet and scared,” Geier said.