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Park officials ID man swept over falls at Ohiopyle |

Park officials ID man swept over falls at Ohiopyle

| Saturday, June 7, 2008 12:00 a.m

State park officials have identified a Washington County man who apparently drowned about 2:15 p.m. Friday in the Youghiogheny River at Ohiopyle, Fayette County.

Meanwhile, rescue crews continued to search for the body of Esker H. Cottrill III, 26, of Canonsburg late Saturday afternoon. Cottrill’s body was last seen 1.7 miles downstream from Ohiopyle Falls. A 7-mile stretch of the river was the focus of search, officials said.

The river was as much as 5 feet above its normal summer level on Friday, making for hazardous conditions, said several experienced kayakers.

Officials said Cottrill waded out to the center of the river just above the 18-foot-high falls when he apparently slipped and was carried away.

is a former freelancer.

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