Police in Carbon County are investigating yet another death at a state park -- the third in four days.
Investigators say 25-year-old William Andrews III of Lehighton was found dead Wednesday, hanging off a small fishing boat in Beltzville Lake.
I am not sure what the reason is but it seems we are having a lot more drownings this year. I know outdoor activities has dramatically increased in this area with Rails to Trails and the big surge in kayaking and other watersports but folks need to consider safety equipment.
This one sounds like it may be from a medical reason though.
I been raised and lived along the river and learned to swim in the river from the get-go. Pretty much played in the currents of the low head dams and such. So to me the river levels we been experiencing this summer in my opinion are nothing that bad. But that doesn't mean it isn't bad enough for someone less experienced than I.
There has been an explosion of activity along the river this year and I think it's the latest thing for the yuppies to hike, bike the rails to trails, and partake in watersports.
I read an article on Jim Thorpe the other week and how they won some national recognition for being 4th in some small town thingy on the travel channel. In that article it said that the outfitters on the river up there were taking close to 6000 people a week on some type adventure up there.
In June, Pocono Whitewater, a Jim Thorpe company that takes 3,000 people a week on white-water rafting and biking trips and paint-balling adventures, said it was already 600 customers ahead of last year.
This is just one outfitter up there doing 3,000 a week but I read somewhere in an article total numbers were about 6,000.
But with the weekly dam releases it has turned into a watersports mecca.