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Teenager Drowns While Attempting To Swim Across Delaware

Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River

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A teenager drowned in the Delaware River last Thursday evening – the third drowning in the Upper Delaware to occur within a period of just over a week. The park learned of the possible drowning at 6:45 p.m. Rangers responded along with emergency personnel from several local agencies. Investigation revealed that eleven people ranging in age from 17 to 21 had attempted to swim across the river from New York to Pennsylvania just below Skinner’s Falls Rapids, a distance of about 150 feet. The last to leave the New York shoreline was a 19-year-old from Ridgefield Park, New Jersey. About halfway across the river, he began having difficulty staying afloat. Two 17-year-olds attempted to grab hold of him and get him to shore, but he began pulling then underwater, forcing them to let him go. The Sullivan County dive team began searching for him and recovered his body around 8:15 p.m. in about ten to twelve feet of water near the point last seen. 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 in the low 70’s. The incident is currently under investigation and the NPS is the lead investigating agency.


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