Hunterdon County Prosecutor Anthony P. Kearns, III, Chief of Detectives John J. Kuczynski, Delaware Township Police Chief Philip C. Cane, and the New Jersey State Police are announcing that two Kayakers drowned in the Delaware River Friday evening near Bulls Island State Park.
According to Prosecutor Kearns, “At 8:16 PM, Hunterdon County Communications received a report that two kayakers were in distress in the river. Several rescue boats were launched and began searching the area. At 8:29 PM, one of the kayakers was rescued from the water by a civilian passerby in a boat and CPR was in attempted. Unfortunately, the attempt to revive the victim was unsuccessful. The other victim was recovered on the Pennsylvania side of the river and also died.”
The Prosecutor added, “The two deceased kayakers have been identified as Doris Rake, 45, and her daughter, Kathryn Haney, 19, of Raritan Township. Apparently the pair were experienced kayakers and were not wearing personal floatation devices. This is a terrible tragedy and our condolences go out to their friends and family.”
Responding police and rescue units included the Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office, Delaware Township Police, New Jersey State Police Kingwood Station, New Jersey State Park Police, Hunterdon Medical Center Paramedics, Lambertville-New Hope Rescue Squad, Stockton Fire Department, New Hope Eagle Fire Company, Solebury Township Police, and the Hunterdon County Medical Examiner. The Prosecutor also praised the assistance provided by Hunterdon County Communications.
It is unknown what other Bucks County rescue units may have been operating in the search and rescue effort.
Anyone with information on this case can call the Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office at 908-788-1129 or submit anonymous tips by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-321-0010 or by going to www.crimestoppershunterdon.com, or text messaging “HCTIPS” plus your tip message to 274637 (CRIMES). Tipsters can also download the free mobile app “Tipsubmit” and select Hunterdon County to submit anonymous tips via text messaging. All tips are anonymous and kept confidential.