Kayaker who was missing was found in the Schuylkill River – NBC10 Philadelphia

A man who went missing while fishing and kayaking in the body of the Schuylkill River was found Thursday in Upper Merion Township, Pennsylvania.

Upper Merion police said his body was found in the river in Upper Merion Township on Thursday at 5:50 p.m.

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Investigators said the man – identified by friends as 70-year-old Tony Luongo – traveled to the Upper Merion Township boathouse at 400 Falls View Drive on Monday, April 29, to launch his kayak and go fishing.

According to investigators, Luongo posted a selfie photo to his social media account on Monday around 12:40 p.m. while traveling upstream from the boathouse.

Around 2 p.m. that day, Upper Merion police received a call from a resident who lives about 1 mile upstream from the boathouse. The resident said he heard a man calling for help in the area of ​​the woods and Schuylkill River between 1:50 and 1:55 p.m.

From left to right: A photo of Tony Luongo, Schuylkill River search and rescue

Upper Merion Police responded to the wooded area but were unable to locate or locate anyone. Around 4:00 PM that day, the Upper Merion Crew Team launched their boats from the boathouse and traveled upriver. However, they did not observe anything special at the time.

On Tuesday, April 30, around 2:15 p.m., West Norriton police contacted Upper Merion police after Luongo’s friends reported him missing.

“Tony is like clockwork,” Tom Jacquot, a friend of Luongo, told NBC10. “He goes out and comes home at a certain time. Takes care of the animals. Well, Monday night he didn’t come home at four o’clock.”

Upper Merion police officers then located Luongo’s Toyota RAV4 at the boathouse. Police officers, firefighters and other county emergency services began searching along the riverbanks, while multiple boats and drones searched areas above and below the dam.

Around 4pm on Tuesday, Luongo’s kayak was found at the base of the dam, near the middle of the river. More of his belongings were found in a fallen tree about 300 yards upstream from the boathouse.

Police said Luongo was last seen wearing a gray hat, a light-colored and possibly blue shirt and gray shorts. He also wore a bright orange personal flotation device, investigators said.