UPDATED: Crews Search River for Missing Boater

Credit: Michelle Auty/Submitted

Fire crews that are part of the search.
Credit: Michelle Auty/Submitted

Updated: Wednesday, 6:29 p.m.:

Bensalem police Sgt. Andrew Aninsman said searchers are looking for Xiang “Billy” He, 38, of Locust Avenue in Bensalem.

He was last seen at around 1 p.m. Tuesday at the boat ramp on River Road in Bensalem’s Torresdale Manor section, police said. Authorities added that he is known to keep his boat in that area.

Police said that the 38-year-old’s vehicle was found unattended at the boat dock. He is known to travel using a red kayak from a the dock to his boat, which is moored in the river.

Crews have been searching the river since a call was received Wednesday morning. The search area is reported to start in Croydon and go into Philadelphia.

Marine units from the Croydon Fire Company, Union Fire Company, Bensalem Fire Rescue, Philadelphia Police Department and New Jersey State Police have been out in the river all afternoon. A New Jersey State Police helicopter and Philadephia’s Air-Tac police chopper have also been used to search the river.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Bensalem Police Department at 215-633-3719.

An image of the kayak He was known to use. Credit: Bensalem Police

An image of the kayak He was known to use.
Credit: Bensalem Police

Xiang He Credit: Bensalem Police

Xiang He
Credit: Bensalem Police

Original Story:

The Philadelphia Police Department Marine Unit. File photo Credit: Tom Sofield/LevittownNow.com

The Philadelphia Police Department Marine Unit. File photo
Credit: Tom Sofield/LevittownNow.com

Local fire crews, Bensalem and Philadelphia police are conducting a search of the Delaware River between Croydon and Philadelphia after they received reports of a missing person Wednesday afternoon.

Bensalem police said in a short statement that their search was focusing in the area of River Road in the Traymore Manor section of the township.

CBS3.com reports that authorities received word of a possible missing person at around 3:30 p.m. They also said that a helicopter and boats were being used in the search.

Authorities said more information and a photograph of the missing person are forthcoming.



Tom Sofield

Tom Sofield has covered news in Bucks County for three years for both newspaper and online publications. In 2012, Tom was honored at the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association Foundation's Keystone Press Awards for his coverage of President Obama's visit to Falls Township in 2011. When he's not covering news in the area, Tom enjoys checking out the newest restaurants and bars, exploring forgotten places of industry in the area, going to local parks and spending time with his friends and family. If there's one thing you should know about Tom, he is a local news junkie through and through. Email: tom@levittownnow.com Phone: 215-431-1001


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