Reporting John Ostapkovich
By John Ostapkovich
POINT PLEASANT, Pa. (CBS) – As the search continues for a Virginia man who disappeared into the Delaware River while on a private tubing trip (see realted story), one tubing company close to where this happened is making sure they continue to take care of its customers.
Bucks County River Country has been helping people cool off for 48 years, with Dan Breen in charge for the last 13 of them.
Breen says the river changes character as the water level rises, so there are different safety rules, depending on its depth. Right now, the river is ten feet or more deep, at least two times its regular midsummer depth.
So how fast is it flowing?
“Our four hour raft ride, because of the height and the force of the river, they were coming back in two hours,” Breen said.
Under these conditions, everybody wears a life vest and anyone under 18 has to ride in a raft for stability.
“People don’t respect the river,” Breen adds. “They just look outsice on a sunny day and say ‘it looks nice and peaceful’.”
Breen urges customers to stay on the right side of the river, five feet from shore, and out of reach of branches that might grab a passerby.