Body Found in Brandywine River

By David Chang
|  Sunday, Jul 21, 2013  |  Updated 4:48 PM EDT
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Body Found in Brandywine River

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Police are investigating the death of a man found in the Brandywine River on Sunday.

The unidentified man’s body was recovered from the river at the Washington Street Bridge around 1:40 p.m. in Wilmington.

Police say a preliminary investigation indicates the man was walking alone over the Washington Street Bridge when he jumped from the east side of the bridge into the river. Emergency crews with the Wilmington Fire Department recovered the body shortly after 2 p.m. They continue to investigate.

Officials also recovered the body of a New York man from the Delaware River in an eastern Pennsylvania park.

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The Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area says National Park Service boat operators found the body of 51-year-old Juan Roberto Salomon Delacruz of Brooklyn late Saturday afternoon.
Officials said he was found about 20 yards from the New Jersey shore and pronounced dead at the scene near Kittatinny Point, N.J., by the Morris County medical examiner.

Park officials said the victim had been swimming and picnicking with family members.

Officials warn that the river may appear calm but has strong currents, sharp drop-offs and underwater obstacles.

A 9-year-old Pike County boy drowned July 8 while fishing in the park, officials said.
Authorities said Michael Maxwell of Bushkill lost his footing on the embankment just downstream from the Bushkill Access at the recreation area and slipped into the current. Superintendent John Donahue said family members and a passing boater tried unsuccessfully to rescue him.

He wasn't wearing life jacket, and officials again urged anyone on or near the river to wear a personal flotation device.
 
 

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