May 26, 2018

Man missing after canoe capsizes in Delaware River

DELAWARE WATER GAP -  Rescue and recovery teams from the National Park Service and Portland Hook and Ladder Company will resume their search of the Delaware River for a missing man. The 39-year-old NJ man was last seen just after 3 pm when the canoe he was in capsized just above the Interstate 80 bridge.  A second victim, a woman, was rescued by park visitors and brought to the canoe access at Kittatinny Point in Hardwick, NJ.  She was then transported by ambulance to an area hospital.  Neither was wearing a life jacket. 

The NPS has been monitoring river levels closely heading into what is expected to be a busy holiday weekend.  “The river is running high and water temperatures are running in the low 60’s,” said Chief Ranger Eric Lisnik.  “It has been hovering right around the 8-foot mark at the Montague gauge and is predicted to remain right around that level through the weekend.  We recommend that only experienced paddlers go canoeing and kayaking on the river right now.”  The average river level at Montague is between 5 and 6 feet.  When the river is at 8 feet, wearing a US Coast Guard-approved life jacket is mandatory for all boaters. The NPS closes the river corridor and all access points when the river level reaches 15’.  Rises in river levels bring colder water temperatures, faster moving water, swifter currents, and increased sediment and debris. 


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