Coroner IDs boy who drowned in Codorus Creek

Harper Ho
York Dispatch
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An 11-year-old boy drowned late Thursday afternoon while swimming near a low-head dam in Jackson Township.

Payton Gonzalez, of the first block of York Avenue in Spring Grove, died at 6:57 p.m. Thursday at WellSpan York Hospital, the York County Coroner's Office stated in a news release.

Payton and a 12-year-old friend were swimming in the Codorus Creek when Payton "began struggling in the current of the dam and submerged," according to a Northern York County Regional Police news release.

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The friend ran for help, and first responders arrived about 5:45 p.m. An officer and firefighter found the boy unresponsive along the south bank of the creek near Hershey Road.

"They pulled him onto the creek bank and began life saving efforts," the police news release states. Payton died from accidental drowning and there will be no autopsy, according to the coroner's office.

Anyone with information on the drowning is asked to contact Northern York County Regional Police's tip line at 717-467-8355.

A GoFundMe page launched to pay for funeral expenses has nearly reached its goal of $10,000 as of Friday morning.

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