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Portuguese Visitor Drowns In Delaware

Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River

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Interpretive ranger Brandon Diefenbach received a report of a swimmer missing in the Delaware River near Skinner Falls late last Saturday afternoon. Rangers responded along with emergency personnel from the surrounding area and a joint incident command was established with all agencies. Rangers soon determined that two people had attempted to swim across the river from New York to Pennsylvania, but that one – Adriano Pacheco, a Portuguese national – had not made it and had disappeared about half way across the Delaware, which at this point is about 150 feet wide. Pacheco’s companion was transported by ambulance to a local hospital due to difficulty in breathing. Witnesses were able to establish a point last seen and a surface search was begun in an attempt to find Pacheco. Searchers were soon joined by members of the Sullivan County dive team, who found the man’s body in the river. All indications are that this was an accidental drowning. The NPS is the lead investigating agency. River conditions at the time of the incident were typical for this time of summer. The river height was 3.5 feet and the temperature was 73 degrees Fahrenheit. 


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