Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Officials continue the search for the body of a Canonsburg man who was swept down the Youghiogheny River in Ohiopyle State Park Friday afternoon. 26-year old Esker Cottrill III was swimming in the river when strong currents swept him downstream several hundred yards and over an 18-foot waterfall. Ohiopyle State Park Assistant Manager Stacy Faust says the river, which is normally about 1-2 feet deep at the point in which Cottrill was swimming, was about 7 feet deep that day. Coroner's Office Cadaver Search Dogs, helicopters, ground search parties, and a dive team have been involved in the search. Meanwhile, the Cottrill family has stayed in the park area receiving hospitality from local restaurants and hotels. They are currently seeking donations for the newly founded Esker Cottrill III Memorial Fund.