Accident Database

Report ID# 2145

  • PFD Not Worn or Present
  • Does not Apply
  • High Water
  • One Boat Trip

Accident Description

Non-Witness Narrative by Jill Arbuckle on 2006-11-16
See account in Star Ledger newspaper on Monday Nov.13th.

Four young males, "after some beers", launched from the riverside Little Falls home of one of the group, in one Grumman canoe. Upstream of the Little Falls . Around 3am. No PFDs. Found current too strong, tried to turn around, capsized. Three swam to shore above the Falls. Rivera was not found. Canoe was found, well downstream of the falls When I was driving home (Little Falls) from Paterson this afternoon I noticed much emergency equpment on the river-right bank, and boats in the water, so I assume the body has been found. Little Falls Police Passaic County Sheriff's Department

New Jersey Man Missing After Canoe Mishap

LITTLE FALLS, N.J. (1010 WINS)  -- A 27-year-old Stanhope man went missing early Sunday after a canoe he was in capsized in the Passaic River, police said.

Joseph Rivera was among four people who got into a canoe around 3:30 a.m. Sunday, but the group turned back toward shore after the Passaic River proved too rough, said police Sgt. Edward Drwiega.

He said the boat capsized on its way back, dumping all four people into the water.

Three men were able to swim to shore, but Rivera wasn't found, Drwiega said.


A search was called off around 9 a.m. Sunday because the river's waters remained too rough, he said.

The state police's marine unit is continuing the investigation, he said.

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Morris County, NJ  Daily Record

Body of missing canoeist believed found in river

Family tentatively identifies remains as Stanhope man

Saturday, November 25, 2006

PATERSON (AP) -- A body found Friday in the Passaic River appears to be that of a 27-year-old Sussex County man who went missing earlier this month after a canoe he was in capsized on the river in nearby Little Falls.

The father and brother of Joseph Rivera, 27, of Stanhope, tentatively identified the body shortly after it was found around 4 p.m., authorities said. It was discovered by a maintenance worker who was cleaning debris from an intake filter of an electric generating plant near the top of the Great Falls in Paterson.

An autopsy was to be performed sometime this weekend, and authorities said an official identification could be made as early as today.

Rivera was among four people who got into a canoe in the early morning hours of Nov. 12, but they soon turned back toward shore after the river proved too rough. The boat, though, capsized on its way back, dumping all four people into the water. Three men made it to shore.


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