Two bodies recovered after boaters go missing in Lums Pond Friday morning

A boater nearby attempted to rescue the men but was unsuccessful., police say.

BEAR (DE): Delaware State Police say they are conducting a death investigation after the bodies of two boaters were recovered from Lums Pond Thursday morning.

Police say the boaters were initially reported missing by another boater who tried unsuccessfully to rescue the two men, who fell off their boat and into the pond.

It was just before Noon Thursday when Emergency responders and DNREC Police rushed to the state park located on Red Lion Road.

Police say the two men, a 63-year-old male from Newark and a 65-year-old male acquaintance from Bear were traveling in a boat when, for unknown reasons, the two men fell in the water.

When the boaters couldn’t be located, the Delaware State Police were called in to assist with the rescue.

“Delaware State Police Scuba Unit responded to Lums Pond to assist with the search and located both males in the water.,” said police spokeswoman Heather Pepper. “They were pronounced deceased at the scene.”

DNREC Fish and Wildlife Natural Resources Police are investigating the boat accident.

Several local volunteer fire companies, along with EMS, and New Castle County Paramedics also assisted with the search and rescue.


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Anyone with information regarding the incident should contact Delaware State Police Cpl/D. Patterson at Delaware State Police Troop 2 by calling 302-834-2620 or emailing

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If you or someone you know is a victim or witness of crime or have lost a loved one to a sudden death and are in need of assistance, the Delaware State Police Victim Services Unit/Delaware Victim Center is available to offer you support and resources 24 hours a day through a toll free hotline 1800 VICTIM-1. (1-800-842-8461). You may also email the unit Director at


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