Man, 64, dies after canoe tipped over in Allegheny River

SHARPSBURG, Pa. — Rescue crews on the Allegheny River in the Sharpsburg area found the body of a man after a canoe tipped over.

“One person was recovered very quickly by recreational boaters. Search boats were launched,” said Etna Fire Chief Greg Porter.

Porter said the man who was saved was able to cling to the top of the sinking canoe and that likely saved his life. Police went to the hospital to interview him to find out what happened on the water.

Crews used advanced sonar technology to search for the missing man under the water and drones to search from above. River rescue crews from Pittsburgh and dive teams from Murrysville along with other local rescue agencies converged on the stretch of river with boats and jet skis.

Shortly before 8:45 p.m., officials at the scene recovered the body of 64-year-old Ralph Fuchs, of Blawnox.