2012-08-02 / Front Page

Three Drown At Raystown Lake Sunday


Three men died in two unrelated drownings at Raystown Lake over the weekend.

Reports indicate two Chambersburg men were among those who lost their lives in the 8,000- acre lake located in neighboring Huntingdon County. Fifty-sevenyear old Jerry Hugo Broman and Larry Elwood Newman, 71, died late Sunday after entering the water from their boat near the Aitch boat launch in Penn Township. Neither man was wearing a lifejacket.

Newman has local ties as he was a native of Three Springs and graduate of Saltillo High School. He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying both hunting and fishing, which included an annual fishing outing to Bennett Lake, Canada, with friends. Described by his friends locally as “pretty adventurous,” Newman also loved to travel.

Broman was as a physician on the medical staff of Chambersburg Hospital. Reports show he was also employed as a pathologist for Chambersburg Pathology Associates.

Earlier in the day Sunday, 71- year-old Igor Khodavsky sunk below the surface of the lake while swimming near Snyder’s boat launch. Media reports state he was attempting to swim between two points on the lake. Khodavsky went under after he turned around to swim back.

He was retrieved from the water by family members. He would later be pronounced dead at a J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital.

“All three were elderly gentlemen. They were swimming, they struggled and went down. The individuals appeared to be physically fit,” Supervisory Park Ranger Jude Harrington of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers told the Altoona Mirror Monday.

“All apparently were drowning victims but we are waiting for the autopsies before they are declared drownings,” Harrington added.

Return to top