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Crews search for hiker missing after fall into creek

The Associated Press
Rescuers from five departments learn and practice emergency boat operations and water rescue skills on the Susquehanna River during a class taught by Todd Stahl of Whitecap Water Rescue Training, Sunday, March 15, 2020. 
John A. Pavoncello photo

PORTERSVILLE, Pa. – Emergency crews and volunteers have been searching for a hiker who fell into a creek at a state park in western Pennsylvania over the weekend.

Officials said 38-year-old Jeffrey Hamby of Meadville was hiking with a friend at McConnells Mill State Park in Lawrence County when he fell into Slippery Rock Creek just downstream from the covered bridge at about 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

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Park ranger Bryan Moore said more than 85 people including a dozen agencies and three water rescue teams searched with the aid of six dogs and a drone Sunday. He said the creek is in a deep gorge with a lot of rocks and boulders.

Officials said park personnel would be searching again Monday, but they said water conditions are still too high for divers to take part.