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Two Drown In Separate Incidents On Same Afternoon

Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River

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Two young men drowned in separate incidents on the Delaware River within hours of each other on the afternoon of the Fourth of July. Around 1 p.m. Pablo Ferreira, 17, of Mount Vernon, New York, was swimming with a companion near the Skinners Falls Road bridge when he began having trouble staying afloat and disappeared underwater. His companion made it to shore and called 911. Rangers, New York State Police officers and local fire and EMS personnel were dispatched to the accident scene. Rangers and local canoe livery staff conducted a hasty search and found Ferreira in about nine feet of water. CPR was begun and he was taken to Catskill Regional Medical Center in Callicoon, where he was pronounced dead. Then, around 5 p.m., there was a second drowning near Kittatinny Riverside Campground. Ryan Nibar, 28, of Queens, New York, was swimming with friends when he began calling for help. Nibar’s companion attempted to help him but also had difficulty and couldn’t reach him. A 911 calls was made; rangers, state troopers, Highland constables, and local fire, dive and EMS personnel were dispatched. The Sullivan County dive team recovered Nibar’s body around 6:15 p.m. Investigations into both drownings are underway.


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