Swimmer drowns in Delaware River

| 23 Jul 2015 | 01:26

By Nathan Mayberg
— A 41-year-old Myerstown man died on Saturday after trying to swim across the Delaware River.

Jason Daniel Moser drowned at about 2:30 p.m. while swimming in Shad Rocks, between Bushkill Access and Smithfield Beach, according to the National Park Service.

Members of the National Park Service Dive Team recovered Moser’s body in 10 feet of water at 4:28 p.m., according to Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area Superintendent John J. Donahue.

He was not wearing a life jacket, the park service reported.

The National Park Service reminds all river users to wear a properly fitted, US Coast Guard-approved life jackets while swimming, floating, fishing, or boating on the Delaware River.

"The river current is strong and swift, despite calm appearances in some areas, and the depth can change suddenly, often going from knee- deep to over your head in a single step,” said Donahue.

“Wearing a life jacket at all times is one simple thing that a person can do to ensure a fun and safe day on, and in, the river.”