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May 29, 2013

Butler man drowns in Slippery Rock Creek

NEW CASTLE — A Butler man drown in the Slippery Rock Creek last night.

State police reported that Mazzarney Kiyham Sanford, 22, was swillming in the Kennedy Mill area near Frew Mill Road when he went under the water and did not resurface.

Firefighters from multiple departments, as well as dive teams from Shenango Township and New Castle, along with others from Butler County, were summoned to the Kennedy Mill Bridge area around 6 p.m. with a report of a man in the water.

Sanford was located by Shenango Township Fire Chief David Rishel and his son, Brandon, who are both divers. He was found pinned between two rocks in the creek.

Divers first went into the water around 7:15 and Sanford was located about a half hour later. Crews remained at the scene until after 8 p.m.

A medical helicopter was summoned to assist with transport. The helicopter landed near the Route 19 and Frew Mill Road intersection. Sanford was then flown to Jameson Hospital.

In addition to volunteers from Slippery Rock and Shenango townships, crews from Scott Township in Lawrence County and Unionville and Center Township in Butler County responded. Scott Township Fire Chief Jack Hitchen served as commander for the rescue operation.

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