Eagle Scout From Brooklyn Drowns In Delaware River In Upstate NY

NARROWSBURG, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A New York City teenager has drowned while trying to swim across the Delaware River in upstate New York.

Officials say 18-year-old Daniel Rak of Brooklyn and two friends tried to swim across the river at Narrowsburg near a Boy Scout camp where Rak was a volunteer leader.

Authorities say Rak had difficulty swimming  in the swift current when the friends turned back and Rak slipped beneath the surface.

Divers recovered his body Thursday afternoon near where he disappeared.

The Greater New York Councils Boy Scouts of America says Rak was an Eagle Scout and assistant leader at the Ten Mile River Scout Camps, a complex spread over 12,000 acres in rural Narrowsburg.

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  • kendra

    may the child rest in peace and my heartfelt condolences go out to the teens parents and close friends i no that most be a devasting traget and all.and someone would have payed for this kind of tragic mistake that can not be undone in any way shape or form you know what i am saying.if they new he couldn,t swim they should have not let him go in there where he could full will drown and all.

    • Victoria

      He was in charge of the other 2 boys there. Though this is a terrible tragedy, had he followed the TMR-BSA rules & worn his life jacket, this most likely would have been averted. I was at another camp when this happened, and I can speak for everyone at Ten Mile River when I say that we all prayed he would be found safe & sound when we heard he was missing, & now pray for his family & everyone whose life he touched.

  • VY

    Delaware in that area is 40 to 60 yards across, but in some areas the current can be swift. I’ve swam in the Delaware in that area for over 40 years. It’s a good nice swim, but one must always becareful in any body of moving water.

  • Marilyn Herrera

    R.I.P Daniel!! We are going to miss you….I never thought that this would happen but unfortunetly it did. We love love…GTL!

  • Zilly

    How wide is the Delaware River? And the river has a raging current? From the outset this doesn’t seem like such a smart idea, but in instances like this, Peer Pressure could have caused the Eagle Scout to make a hasty decision that he or one of his parents would have discounted a poorly thought out.

    • Patricia Drohan

      Dear Daniel, I was fortunate to have you as a student while you were at PS 31 in Greenpoint. All through elementary school you were an ideal student and after leaving PS 31 you continued your successes in middle school, and then high school. Seeing you several times on Manhattan Avenue these past few years made me realize that you had grown into a wonderful young man with high values and a strong work ethic. Volunteering as a Scout leader would be something you would do, in order to help teach youngsters about being a Scout and enjoying the outdoors. Why did this have to happen to you? But we know you are with Jesus and may you rest in peace, Daniel.

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