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Two drown on Delaware River over weekend

Isabel Braverman
Posted 6/29/21

LUMBERLAND – Separate incidents this past weekend led to two deaths as a result of drowning on the Delaware River.

Lumberland Fire Department got the call around 3 p.m. on Saturday for a …

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Two drown on Delaware River over weekend

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LUMBERLAND – Separate incidents this past weekend led to two deaths as a result of drowning on the Delaware River.

Lumberland Fire Department got the call around 3 p.m. on Saturday for a water rescue at 2971 Route 97 in Barryville.

According to Assistant Fire Chief Eric Robles the person was diving off of a raft and did not resurface.

The search continued for one day until the person was found around 4 p.m. on Sunday near the National Park Service station in Barryville.

New York State Police identifed the drowning victim as Michael Cammett, age 24 of North Arlington, NJ.

White Lake Fire Company was dispatched to assist Lumberland Fire Department at the water rescue with a boat, divers and equipment.

While launching their boat a call came in for another water rescue north of the Barryville Bridge in the Yulan Fire district.

White Lake hooked to Highland Lake’s boat and drove north to Landers and launched within minutes of the second call. Dive teams from Port Jervis, Sparrowsbush and Westfall Township also responded.

They were able to find out where the person was last spotted and were assisted with divers on the Matamoras Fire Department boat.

The subject was recovered shortly after 6 p.m. Yulan Fire Department Chief Phil Deyermond said the subject was in the water and went under and didn’t know how to swim.

New York State Police identified the victim as Louis Pellot, age 31 of Brooklyn, NY.

He said it’s unusual for two river rescues to happen so close together and that resources were stretched thin as they were already responding to the other scene.

In addition to the above fire departments, also responding to the scene were fire departments from Highland Lake, Shohola, Narrowsburg, Beach Lake, Tusten, Westfall Township, Dingman Township, as well as New York State Police, Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office, National Park Service, Mobilemedic and Tusten EMS.

Lumberland Fire Department posted on their Facebook, “Our mutual aide companies are rock solid and we can’t offer enough thanks to the men and women who are giving up weekend after weekend scouring the river for a families loved ones.”

Another drowning occurred Sunday night and crews were still searching for the subject as of presstime on Monday.

Fire companies across the county stressed the importance of wearing a life jacket.

We will continue to update this story. 

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