It took nearly 24 hours, but national park rangers have found the body of a canoer who went missing after his canoe capsized on the Delaware River. The body was recovered around 5 p.m. Sunday from the river that is part of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.
As out sister website, LehighValleyLive.com reports, the body of Jose F. Loja, 35, of East Stroudsburg, was found 4 p.m. Monday on the river's Pennsylvania shore in Monroe County, near one of the park's swimming areas about 5.5 miles north of the water gap and Interstate 80.
The victim disappeared when his canoe capsized about 24 hours before.
Loja was not wearing a life jacket, the park service news release said.
In response to the death, the National Park Service urged caution on the river, including the 40-mile stretch that is part of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area:
"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," park Superintendent John J. Donahue said in a statement. "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."