Accident Database

Report ID# 853

  • PFD Not Worn or Present
  • Does not Apply
  • Other

Accident Description

Two of this year's deaths involved boat rental operations, the first occurring on the Delaware River above Port Jervis, NY.  This section has a nice mix of flatwater and Class I-II rapids and supports a number of large number of livery operations. On June 9th Shlomi Bgdadi, an Israeli national, drowned after capsizing a rental kayak. This happened in Shohola Rapids, just below the mouth of New York's Mongap River. According to the National Park Service Morning Report, The victim and his companion had been issued PFD's but chose not to wear them. Both men were weak swimmers. His friend, who also flipped, managed to struggle ashore. Mr. Bgdadi's body was found the next afternoon.

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