Lums Pond

Lums Pond State Park is shown in this file photo.

Two men died Thursday after a boating accident in Lums Pond State Park, authorities said.

The incident happened just before noon in the state park south of Bear, according to Master Cpl. Heather Pepper, a spokeswoman for Delaware State Police.

The two acquaintances – a 63-year-old Newark man and a 65-year-old man from Bear – fell out of a boat and did not surface. Another boater in the area attempted to rescue them but was unsuccessful, Pepper said.

Firefighters from Delaware, Maryland and New Jersey, along with the DSP scuba team, spent several hours searching the pond before eventually recovering the men’s bodies.

The incident remains under investigation by DNREC Fish and Wildlife Natural Resources Police. Authorities are withholding the men’s identities pending the notification of their families.

Police have not said what kind of boat the men were in or what led up to them falling in the water.

The largest freshwater pond in Delaware, Lums Pond is a popular fishing destination and offers a boat ramp and two piers. Visitors can bring their own boat or rent a rowboat, canoe, kayak or pedal boat.

The 190-acre pond ranges in depth from 5 feet to 10 feet.

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