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    Delaware Water Gap

    National Recreation Area NJ,PA

Nine Year Old Boy Drowns in Delaware River

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Date: July 8, 2013
Contact: Kathleen Sandt, 570 426-2429

BUSHKILL, PA: Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area Superintendent John J. Donahue sadly announced that a 9 year old boy from Bushkill drowned in the Delaware River late Monday afternoon. The boy was fishing along the shoreline just downstream from Bushkill Access with family members when he lost his footing and slipped into the current. Attempts to rescue the boy by family members and a boater who was passing by were unsuccessful. 

The National Park Service’s 24-hour communications center received the emergency call at4:32 p.m.and rangers were on scene within one minute. The National Park Service dive team was called in and divers located and recovered the boy’s body in 9 feet of water just before6:00 p.m. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the Pike County Coroner.

All river users are reminded that while the river may appear deceptively calm on the surface, it has strong currents, steep drop-offs, underwater obstacles, and conditions that change constantly. The National Park Service strongly recommends that anyone recreating on or near the river wear a Personal Flotation Device(PFD) at all times. 

Did You Know?

Sketch of a dam with forests on the river banks.

... that the reservoir of the proposed Tocks Island Dam would have inundated 30 miles of the Delaware River and 30,000 acres of its river valley (now part of Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.) The defeat of the dam was an early victory of the environmental movement in this country. More...