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December 09, 2016
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Irish man drowns in Upper Delaware

Photo contributed by the National Par Service. The Lumberland Fire Department participated in the search.
Photoi provided by the National Park Service

Harrison’s parents, who are from Ireland but who were on a trip to Alaska, were flying in to attend to the incident.
The raft was rented from Kittatinny Canoes. “But nobody can force anyone to wear the lifejacket once they are in a raft,” acknowledged Peterec.

“We didn’t have any deaths last year,” commented the visibly upset Peterec, going on to explain she hoped the public information campaign that has been done in cooperation with NPS and several local agencies has played a part in that. Public posters and flyers have been placed in all river access points, and a short information clip is showing in Stroudsburg Theater.

“We try to catch them before they actually get to the river,” said Peterec. NPS has also worked with Adams Outfitters, which has placed messages on the electronic billboards on the major roads leading up to the area.

The rescue operation was coordinated by the NPS, and Park Ranger Kevin Reish was the Incident Commander for the rescue operation. When the 911 call goes out, the alarm goes to the nearby emergency teams, depending on the incident location. Peterec said that in addition to the NPS team, the Highland Fire Department, Youngsville Dive Team, Lumberland Dive Team, and Matamoras Rescue Team were alerted.