Person Pulled From Del. River Died From Accidental Drowning: ME

By David Chang
|  Monday, Aug 19, 2013  |  Updated 6:43 PM EDT
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Teen Swept Away By Pennypack Creek



Investigators are trying to identify a body that was pulled from the Delaware River over the weekend. The body of a 200 pound black male was found in the river near the Quaker City Yacht Club on Princeton Avenue around 8 a.m. on Saturday. The body was taken to the Medical Examiner's Office.

On Monday, the Medical Examiner announced that the cause of death was drowning and that it was an accident.

Police have not yet confirmed whether the body is that of a teenage boy who fell into Pennypack Creek last week.

Officials say the teen, identified as 15-year-old Sebastian Sanon, was with three of his friends near the creek on Frankford Avenue and Ashburner around 4:45 p.m. Sanon and a friend dipped their feet into the water to cool off when Sanon suddenly slipped and was carried away by the swift current.

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Search Resumes in Pennypack Creek for Teen

Friends say 15-year old Sebastian Sanon put his feet in the water and slipped. Police continued the search on Wednesday morning for the missing teenager. NBC10's Keith Jones reports.

Teen Swept Away In Pennypack Creek

The search is called off for a teenager who went missing Tuesday in the Pennypack Creek. Friends say 15-year old Sebastian Sanon put his feet in the water and slipped. NBC10's Denise Nakano reports on what's now become a recovery mission.
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"He just went to step in a little bit and it took him out," said Sanon's friend Robert Brown. "At first he was trying to swim to the side and I tried to tell him to swim diagonal to fight the current."

The powerful current began to sweep Sanon away as his friends tried desperately to save him. The friends say Sanon grabbed onto a tree as he was being carried away but the tree snapped.

"He was going backward toward the big pillar and hit his head," Brown said. "I didn't see him after that."

Emergency crews, police and the marine unit were all called to the scene. Police also say a 47-year-old woman who claimed to have a loved one in the water jumped into the creek and had to be rescued by the Marine Unit. She did not suffer any serious injuries.

The search for the teen was called off for the night after several hours.

"They did everything they could to search those areas where we thought the young man might be," said Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Joe Sullivan. "But regrettably they were not successful."

The search resumed around 6 a.m. Wednesday as crews searched in the are of State Road and Ashburner Street.

Family, friends and neighbors tried to comfort the teen's family who were told by police it's unlikely he will be found alive.

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"We're all shook right now," said Shanta Keyes, the teen's neighbor. "We really hope the family can cope with this. This is really sad."

Earlier today, heavy rains swept through the region, causing flooding and high tides in several areas. According to the USGS, the creek rose from three feet to over nine feet on Tuesday.

It was also the third incident this summer in which a teenager has been swept away in a local creek.

In late July, Dan Tadrzynski and Perry Krewson, both 18, were swimming in the Neshaminy Creek when they were swept away in the fast-moving current. Their bodies were found two days later.

Earlier in July, two brothers jumped into Pennypack Creek and were swept away after a morning of heavy rains. The younger brother, 11, was found clinging to a ledge in the rain-swollen water and rescued. But the older brother, 13-year-old Brandon Boyle, drowned. His body was recovered three weeks later.

Stay with for more details on this developing story.


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