Tuesday, August 7, 2018



Rangers rescue 11 people on the Delaware in one day

DEERPARK – National Park Service and state DEC forest rangers rescued 11 people in three separate incidents on the Delaware River on Saturday August 4.

Rangers from both agencies were in a jet boat on the river when a group of rafters notified them that two people were calling for help.

The rangers found a 62-year-old woman from Lee Center in the water with her foot stuck in an obstruction and her head just above water. The woman’s 64-year-old friend was also struggling in a raft nearby.

Due to heavy rains, the river level was high and the water was flowing fast.

State Forest Ranger Richard Franke entered the water wearing his personal flotation device with a line attached. He freed the woman’s foot and assisted her into the raft. A rope was attached to the raft and both women were brought onboard the NPS boat.

A second raft with seven people was caught in the same currents. Ranger Franke tied the raft to a tree and assisted each person, one by one, onto the NPS boat.

Later the same day, a third party with two people also capsized their raft upstream and they were swept into the water. The rangers rescued that pair.


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