A canoe ride on a sunny spring-like afternoon ended in a possible drowning Wednesday, March 5, with divers continuing to search Ingrams Pond near Millsboro Thursday morning.
According to Sgt. Gregory Rhodes of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement, two people paddled a canoe out on the state-owned pond. Witnesses saw the canoe capsize and both occupants were thrown into the 50-degree water.
A witness attempted to swim out to render assistance, but turned back due to the cold water.
One canoe passenger was able to swim the 50 feet to shore, but witnesses saw the other disappear from view and called 911 at 3:50 p.m.
Fish and Wildlife Enforcement, Delaware State Police and fire company rescue teams from Millsboro, Seaford, Roxana, Laurel and Selbyville responded to search for the victim.
The search was suspended late Wednesday evening and resumed Thursday morning, with the victim still missing and presumed drowned.
“The sad thing is, if the two people involved in this accident had been wearing life jackets, it’s very likely both of them would have walked away,” Rhodes said. “With a tragic thing like this happening, we’d like to remind people as they head out on the water this spring to wear their life jackets and observe safe boating practices.”
No names are being released at this time, pending the outcome of the search and notification of family.