July 30, 2008

Seven Cited at Funkhouser Quarry: It Has Been the Site of Several Past Drownings.

By Teresa Ann Boeckel, York Daily Record, Pa.

Jul. 30--State police have cited seven people with trespassing at Funkhouser Quarry, the abandoned slate mine in Peach Bottom Township where swimmers have died in previous years.

Troopers regularly check the quarry for trespassers "so we don't have any problems with drownings," said state police Lt. Barry Staub, commander of the Loganville barracks.

Four people have drowned at the quarry since 1993.

It was during a routine check of the quarry Saturday evening that troopers found seven people from Lancaster County on the private property, Staub said.

Those cited were:

--- Brett Adam Jervis, 20, of Peach Bottom

--- Mark Steven Heilenman, 18, of Peach Bottom

--- William Allen Barr, 23 of New Providence

--- Nicholas Jarrod Boos, 23, of Willow Street

--- Scott Allan Johnston, 24, of Quarryville

--- Nicholas B. Herr, 21, of Quarryville

--- Amy Lynn Brackbill, 18, of Willow Street

Jervis and Heilenman also were cited with underage drinking, according to state police.


Most deaths in abandoned mines in Pennsylvania happen in quarries, according to the state Department of Environmental Protection's Web site.

Here are some of the dangers of swimming in quarries:

--- Water temperatures drop dramatically just beneath the surface, causing swimmers to get severe muscle cramps or to inhale water and drown.

--- Sheer cliffs are often unstable and can disintegrate, causing climbers to


--- Abandoned equipment, trash, automobiles and buildings lurk just beneath the surface.


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