No One Hurt When Boat Capsizes Near Tarentum
Valley News Dispatch
23 June 2012
By Brian C. Rittmeyer
Nobody was reported hurt when a pleasure craft with four
passengers including a baby capsized in the Allegheny River
According to Thomas Crist, a waterways conservation officer with
the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, the boat was anchored
about 1,000 yards downriver from the Tarentum Bridge with two men,
a pregnant woman and a one-year-old child on board.
Another boat towing a skier passed too close and at high speed,
causing wake that flipped the anchored boat, Crist said. The
incident was reported to 911 around 5:15 p.m.
Crist could not say how the passengers got out of the water. They
were not immediately identified, and declined to speak with a
reporter at the scene.
The woman and child were taken to Allegheny Valley Hospital as a
precaution, Crist said.
A Eureka Fire Rescue boat towed the capsized boat back to the
Tarentum boat launch at the bridge, where it was hooked to a tow
truck and turned right-side up with the help of other boaters.
Crist said authorities will be looking for the other boat, which
was described as high-powered and yellow with red flames.
Anyone with information about that craft is asked to contact the
commission's Somerset law enforcement office at 814-445-8974.