Kayaker dies after group gets stranded on Swatara Creek

JONESTOWN, Pa. (WHTM) – A kayaker died after he and several others became stranded on the Swatara Creek Saturday afternoon.

The group became stranded after floating over a low-head dam just west of Jonestown around 4:45 p.m. Perry Ratcliffe Jr., 36, of Lebanon, was dragged under the water.

Other kayakers were able to recover Ratcliffe and perform CPR. He was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

First responders were able to rescue other kayakers who had become stranded.

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