Official: Woman died in Raystown Lake accident

Divers were able to retrieve the body of a 36-year-old Carlisle woman about 4:30 p.m. Friday from inside a cabin cruiser that had sunk to the bottom of Raystown Lake after an accident Thursday night.

Huntingdon County Coroner Paul J. Sharum said an autopsy will be conducted this afternoon to determine the case of death.

Sharum would not speculate on the cause of death Friday evening, stating it is under investigation.

At the family’s request, the woman’s name will not be released until notifications can be made.

According to Capt. Alan Robinson of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, the boat struck the shoreline

and sank.

The accident, state police said, occurred between Nancy’s Boat-to-Shore Campground and the Tatman Run Boat Launch in Lincoln Township, Huntingdon County.

The victim of the crash was among a group of six people. Four received hospital treatment while one was not hurt, according to news reports.

The effort to find the woman, initially listed as missing, began just after the 10 p.m. accident, and according to Robinson, diving crews had a long and very trying day on Friday because the boat had to be raised in order to retrieve the body.

The water where the boat sank was 75 to 80 feet deep, he said.

Diving teams from Cambria County and Harrisburg were brought in to help with the search.

Other divers from Newton Hamilton Borough and Mount Union were available.

State police from Huntingdon are assisting the Fish and Boat Commission in the ongoing investigation.

Robinson said, “Alcohol is a factor.”

The death of the woman occurred during the busiest time of year for boating at Raystown Lake. The large crowds were not unexpected.

Robinson said in an Altoona Mirror article on Thursday that intense efforts were being made over the long weekend to ensure the safety of

both boaters and swimmers.

He noted that additional officers were brought in to beef up patrols, and he emphasized that boating under the influence, just like driving under the influence, is against the law.

The Fish and Boat Commission was to have three or four patrol boats on the water each day of the long weekend.

The death comes just 18 days after a Duncansville man, Dustin Scott Weyandt, 23, of Duncansville died while trying to swim across a cove at the lake.

Mirror Staff Writer Phil Ray is at 946-7468.