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Victim's kayak overturns in icy river


In neighboring Clearfield County, a Westover man drowned on Saturday in a kayaking accident on the West Branch of the Susquehanna River in Burnside Township.


It happened at about 11 AM when a kayak paddled by 48-year-old Edward Heberling Jr. overturned, throwing Heberling into the fast-moving, freezing water.  Rescuers could not find him because of the ice that partially covered the river, finally locating him one hundred yards downstream 45 minutes after the accident.  Heberling was airlifted to Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown, but could not be revived.

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