The Solebury Township Police Department responded to their fifth reported Delaware River rescue this week early the morning of August 9, 2018.
At approximately 12:26 AM two people called 911 to report being stranded on Hendricks Island. The two were attempting to retrieve a canoe they had abandoned earlier when they came upon extremely swift water and were unable to return to shore. The Solebury Police Department confirmed in a tweet sent shortly after 4 AM that the rescue mission was successful.
The Delaware River has experienced higher than normal water levels following a rainy summer. Although the river is not flooding, its banks, the high water level, and currents create an extreme danger to swimmers, tubers, kayakers and anyone else who enters the water, Det. Cpl. Jonathan M. Koretzky warned in a press release.
The Solebury Township Police Department responded to three other emergency calls on the river on August 5th. At approximately 2:05 PM a kayaker was reported missing near Virginia Forrest Park. New Hope Eagle Fire Company and Lambertville New Hope Rescue responded to the call, and the kayaker was located and safe.
Later that afternoon at 6:20 PM came a report of a person falling from a raft near Stockton Bridge. Four individuals were eventually located safely along the river after a search of the river and its banks.
Then, at approximately 8:20 PM, Solebury Police responded to a 911 call of subjects screaming for help from the Delaware River. STPD officers were directed to a river bank off of Washington Carter Park, where they witnessed two individuals attempting to rescue two others who were clinging to a tree branch in the river. All four individuals were rescued safely.
The Solebury Township Police Department urges all river enthusiasts to pay attention to the water levels and weather conditions. They want to remind people to be aware that the river is very strong, and that currents could be extreme and deadly. River goers are reminded to always wear a life jacket.
WBCB’s Johnny Hart contributed to this post.