Missing kayaker not found on Delaware River
Bucks County Intelligencer
Apr 29, 2020
Rescue teams spent much of Friday and Saturday
searching for a man who fell into the Delaware River near Plumstead. Rescue
teams were unsuccessful in locating a kayaker who witnesses said fell into the
Delaware River on Friday. Point Pleasant Fire Co. Chief Scott Fliescher said
crews spent a large portion of the Friday and Saturday searching for the man.
“Someone witnessed a kayaker slip his kayak (and) struggle to
regain his kayak,” he said. “The kayak got away from him, and (the person)
witnessed him go under water.”
Mike Parker, communications director for the state Fish and Boat
Commission, which has jurisdiction over the river, said Wednesday morning that
a body had not been recovered. He said witnesses reported the man was not
wearing a life jacket.
The fire chief said rescue crews were called to the river just
south of Point Pleasant in Plumstead at about 4 p.m. Friday. Divers and other
rescue teams and first responders from both sides of the river were there,
according to the chief, who said they searched until dark Friday and resumed
Saturday morning. “We had quite a few people out on Saturday and did a very
thorough search of the area,” he said.
Rescue teams used sonar technology as well as dogs to help find
the man, but ultimately were not able to find him, according to Fleischer. The
search stopped by about 4 p.m. Saturday.
Information on the man who fell in was not immediately available
On Tuesday Fleischer said there was not an active search for the
man. Parker noted that boaters are required to wear a life jacket on boats less
than 16 feet in length from November through April. He said
that while it may seem warm outside, the water has not warmed up that much, and
cold water can debilitate those in the water.
Tyler Fitzgibbons Body was found 25 miles down stream in Levittown 11 days later.