A Marshalls Creek man became the third person in the past month to drown in the Delaware River on Monday evening, officials said.
The 32-year-old man, whose name was not released pending notification of next of kin, was swimming shortly after 6 p.m. near Bushkill Access when he got in trouble, according to a news release by the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. Several children were also in the water at the time, the release said.
When park rangers and rescue crews from Bushkill Fire Department arrived at 6:23 p.m., bystanders were conducting CPR, the park service said.
The man was taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital-Pocono where he was declared dead.
The park service said it was the third drowning in the park in the past month.
The first was on June 21 when a 20-year-old man drowned while attempting to swim across the Delaware River at Milford Beach.
The second was on July 18 when a 51-year-old tuber slipped out of his inner-tube and under the water. None of the victims were wearing life jackets.
The National Park Service said everyone on the river should wear a properly fitted, US Coast Guard-approved life jacket while swimming, floating, fishing, or boating on, or in, 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 Chief Ranger Eric Lisnik. "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."