Tragedy strikes again
A boat and dive team of the Whitehall Fire Department prepare to enter the Lehigh River to aid in the recovery of Monday evening's drowning victim, Noah Krynock, at the Lehigh River.
For the second day in a row, the Panther Valley area is mourning the loss of one of its own.
Noah Krynock, a 20-year-old Summit Hill man, died last night in an apparent drowning near the entrance of Lehigh Gorge State Park in Jim Thorpe.
Carbon County Coroner Bruce Nalesnik said Krynock was swimming with friends in the Lehigh River at the Glen Onoko boat launch area near a railroad trestle in the park when he disappeared in the water.
Conflicting reports from witnesses also state that Krynock had jumped from the trestle prior to disappearing.
Nalesnik said that it was reported that Krynock began to have problems in the water. One of his friends tried to assist him, but his friend's attempts were unsuccessful.
Dave Madl, park manager for Hickory Run, Lehigh Gorge and Nescopec state parks, said Krynock entered the water at about 7 p.m.
"He was swimming at the Glen Onoko access, and he apparently tried to swim across river and had problems," Madl said. "His friends who were there with him tried to help, but were unable to."
Divers entered the water around 8 p.m. to search for Krynock.
After several hours, at 10:05 p.m., the Whitehall Dive Team recovered Krynock's body a short distance down stream from where he was last seen.
Nalesnik was called to the scene around 10 p.m., where he later pronounced Krynock dead.
He said an autopsy will be performed, but no schedule has been set.
Hickory Run Park Rangers are investigating.
Numerous emergency personnel responded to the incident, including the Jim Thorpe Police Department, the Jim Thorpe Fire Department, Lehighton Fire Department and Whitehall Fire Department water rescue teams, as well as park rangers, volunteers and Lehighton Ambulance.
Krynock is a son of Heidi Hricisin and John Krynock of Summit Hill and a 2010 graduate of Panther Valley High School.
This was the second tragedy in Glen Onoko in the past two days.
On Sunday, Lee Kenneth Mantz died after falling off a cliff.