The father who died during a kayaking trip with his son in a remote part of Wharton State Forest on Saturday has been identified by state police as Richard Minteer, 61, of Westampton, Burlington County.
Minteer hit an overhanging tree limb, fell into a swift current on the Oswego River and became entangled in the underwater tree roots, State Trooper Charles Garrison said in a Sunday phone interview.
“He was kayaking in Washington Township with his son, where the tree was across the river,” Garrison said.
“With the strong current, the kayak overturned and he became entangled in the tree underneath the water.
“With the assistance of other kayakers and his son,” Garrison said, “they were able to pull him from underneath the water.”
But after CPR was administered, Minteer “was pronounced deceased at the scene by a doctor at Virtua Voorhees, by telemetry,” Garrison said.
The incident was reported to police at 12:24 p.m.
The site was remote enough, he said, that a state police helicopter was dispatched, “located the victim in the water” and “was able to direct us” to the scene because there were no nearby roads.