Staten Island man drowns in Delaware River
By: 69 News
Posted: Jul 09, 2019 09:16 PM EDT
BUSHKILL, Pa. - Search and rescue and dive teams recovered
the body of a 20-year-old New York man in the Delaware River Tuesday. Christopher
Rivera was last seen swimming in the Delaware River near the Karamac Bridge
abutments at around 4 p.m., said Kathleen Sandt, public affairs specialist at
the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. He had been on a rafting trip
when he stopped to swim. Other members of his group saw him struggle in the
current before going under the water, Sandt said.
His body was recovered around 8 p.m. He was not wearing a
life jacket, authorities said. Park rangers are reminding all river users to
wear a properly-fitted US Coast Guard approved life jacket at all times whether
swimming, floating, fishing or boating on the Delaware River. The current can
be swift and strong despite the calm appearance and river depths can change
rapidly going from knee-deep to over your head in a single step.