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Contact: Kathleen Sandt, Public Affairs Specialist, (570) 234-9144
Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area Superintendent John J. Donahue announced this evening that Jason Daniel Moser, 41, of Myerstown, PA drowned at approximately 2:30 this afternoon while attempting to swim across the Delaware River. Members of the National Park Service Dive Team recovered Moser’s body in 10 feet of water at 4:28 pm near an area known as Shad Rocks, between Bushkill Access and Smithfield Beach. He was not wearing a life jacket.
The NPS reminds all river users to wear a properly-fitted, US Coast Guard-approved life jacket while swimming, floating, fishing, or boating on the Delaware River. “The river current is strong and swift, despite calm appearances in some areas, and the depth can change suddenly, often going from knee-deep to over your head in a single step,” said Donahue. “Wearing a life jacket at all times is one simple thing that a person can do to ensure a fun and safe day on, and in, the river.”
For information about Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and all of its programs, services and facilities, call park headquarters at 570-426-2452 (weekdays), visit the park's website, www.nps.gov/dewa, or follow the park on www.facebook.com/DelWaterGapNPS and www.twitter.com/DelWaterGapNPS.