A water accident on the Swatara Creek Sunday, April 24, left one person dead and another seriously injured.

Pennsylvania State Police released details of the accident, which occurred Sunday afternoon in the vicinity of the Jonestown Dam along the Swatara Creek in northern Lebanon County.

According to the state police release, troopers and other first responders were called to the Swatara Creek just north of Jonestown Road for a water rescue around 5:20 p.m. Sunday.

PSP said that initial information indicated that multiple individuals were struggling in the water.

Troopers were able to safely extricate two of the individuals, a 23-year-old female and a 25-year-old male, while fire personnel were able to use rescue boats to extricate two other victims, a 42-year-old male and a 60-year-old female.

Life-saving measures were performed on the 42 year old and 60 year old on-site before they were transported to medical facilities for further treatment.

According to the release, the 42 year old was transported by First Aid & Safety Patrol to Good Samaritan Hospital in Lebanon, where he was pronounced dead.

The 60 year old was transported to Penn State Hershey Medical Center by Penn State Life Lion EMS and remains there in critical conditions.

The 23 year old and 25 year old were transported by First Aid & Safety Patrol to Hershey Medical Center where they received treatment for minor injuries.

PSP said that the identity of all involved individuals is being withheld as the investigation is ongoing.

The release did not specify what the individuals were doing in the creek, whether kayaking, tubing, or something else.

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