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. 

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1978 River Road
Bushkill, PA 18324

Phone:

(570) 426-2452
This is the official telephone contact number for the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. This telephone is monitored during business hours, from Monday to Friday, 8:00 am to 4: 30 pm. Calls received after those times, will be reviewed the next available business day.

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