Date
Victim
Victim Age
River
Section
Location
Gage
Water Level
Difficulty
Cause
Cause Code(s)
Injury Type(s)
Factors Code(s)
Experienced/Inexperienced
Private/Commercial
Boat Type
Group Info
Other Victim Names
Status

Accident Description


On July 4th Richard DeLaurenzo and his wife capsized while paddling through Class II Shohola Rapids on the Upper Delaware River. This river, which forms the border between Pennsylvania and New York, is very popular with first-timers. According to the National Park Service Morning Report neither paddler was wearing a life vest. Their canoe hit a rock and ejected them both. They attempted to hold onto their canoe as they floated downstream, but Mr. DeLaurenzo lost consciousness and let go. Bystanders pulled him ashore and began CPR, but their efforts were in vain.