Accident Database

Report ID# 3496

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

Accident Description

Long Island man drowns rafting on upstate river


Last Updated:May 30, 2011

SPARROW BUSH — Divers have resumed their search for a Long Island man thrown out of a rented raft and drowned in a stretch of rapids on the Upper Delaware River. Authorities say the 71-year-old from Selden wasn’t wearing a life jacket when the high, fast-moving water Saturday near Sparrow Bush, about 65 miles northwest of New York City. Crews searched through the day Sunday but found no sign of the man, whose name has not been released. Officials tell the Times Herald-Record of Middletown that the man’s wife, who was wearing a life jacket, jumped in and tried unsuccessfully to help him before he sank in water about 5 1/2 feet deep. She and another person in the raft were rescued. They weren’t injured. The search is continuing Monday. 

Man drowns in Upper Delaware River

Yellow Pages

The News Eagle

Posted May 31, 2011 @ 03:33 PM

Upper Delaware — National Park Service Superintendent Sean McGuinness reported that on Saturday, May 28, at approximately 2:30 p.m., Angelo Zotto of Seldon, NY, drowned after he fell from his raft in the rapids at Butlers Rift near the Hawk’s Nest. Zotto, 71, was boating with his wife and a friend, who were picked up by passing boaters. Members of the National Canoe Safety Patrol were first on the scene and immediately contacted rescue personnel. Divers from the National Park Service, assisted by dive teams from Port Jervis and Sparrowbush, NY, and Matamoras and Westfall, PA, searched for Mr. Zotto on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. A body, believed to be Zotto was recovered Monday afternoon near the Dingmans Ferry bridge in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area after it was found by boaters.

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