Coroner: Man bet co-workers he could walk across ice

York Dispatch

Rescue crews have recovered the body of a man who drowned after falling through ice early Friday morning in a Peach Bottom Township pond.

Hassan Muhammad-Richardson, a 29-year-old Harrisburg resident, was working at the Calpine Power Plant in the 1500 block of Atom Road when he fell in the pond about 3:30 a.m., according to the York County Coroner's Office.

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The coroner's report states that Muhammad-Richardson began walking across the ice, reportedly betting co-workers that he could get across it.

Witnesses told authorities they called out to try to get him to come back, but he wouldn't listen, according to the report.

Stuart Widom, a Calpine spokesman, said the worker was an employee of Chicago Bridge & Iron Co., which Calpine had contracted to work on expanding the plant.

About 600 CBI employees are working on the extension, and about 100 work the night shift, Widom said.

Mike DelCasale, another Calpine spokesman, said the pond is on the site in a secure area. State police are investigating.

A fire official on the scene said multiple rescue crews were called in from cities including Harrisburg and Baltimore as a precautionary measure because ice covered the lake but wasn't thick enough to support human weight.

Crews employed a sonar unit to locate the body, which was recovered about 10 a.m. nearly 21 feet below the surface of the water.

Jimmy Lantry, a manager at the nearby Delta Pizza Lounge, said he used to work at the Calpine plant, and the company employs mostly out-of-state union workers.

Lantry said it was normal for Calpine workers to stop by his restaurant around 2 or 3 a.m. at the end of their shifts. 

Lantry said he worked as a carpenter at the hydro plant during phase one, and it's currently expanding under phase two, but he believed work was supposed to be complete soon. The company had been laying people off recently, he said.

DelCasale said construction at the plant has stopped pending an investigation, but plant operations are separate from construction work.

Widom and DelCasale both called the incident a tragedy and said their feelings go out to the deceased worker's family.

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