20 year old drowns in Delaware River

The calm appearance of the Delaware River has fooled many people over the years. The end result is often tragic. Tuesday afternoon 20 year old Chris Rivera from Staten Island jumped into the river just upstream of the I 80-Toll Bridge. He was part of a group on a rafting trip through the Delaware Water Gap. His friends were not sure if he was wearing a life jacket when he decided to go for the swim. Those same friends watched in horror as Rivera struggled to stay above water in the currents near the Karamac Bridge abutments. The Portland Hook and Ladder Company recovered his body without a life jacket around 8PM. On the surface the river can look calm and even shallow. Many people who are not from our area don't know the river can get quite deep in the middle and the currents can be very dangerous. The National Park Service has repeatedly warned all boaters and rafters along the Delaware River to always wear Coast Guard approved life jackets.

Source NJ.COM

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