A man drowned Wednesday after rescuing three children from the Millstone River in central New Jersey, according to CBS News.
The 42-year-old father realized that his children aged 8, 11 and 13 were in danger and followed them into the water. Exit report.
“The victim entered the water to help and dragged the children into the shallow water, where he struggled to keep his balance,” Franklin County Police said in a statement. statement. (Related: Maine father drowns while trying to save two daughters from pond
A man died Wednesday after pulling his three children to safety in a river in central New Jersey, officials said.
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At around 2:13 p.m., paramedics arrived shortly after a bystander called 911. The father was never found, and authorities finally recovered his body from the river around 5:30 p.m. after an exhaustive search by divers.
The children were treated at the scene and no further treatment was required, police confirmed.
The tragic incident comes after several recent drownings, including a man who drowned while trying to help a child in Lake Michigan on July 4.
Dave Benjamin, executive director of the Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project, told a CBS affiliate that reported the incident, “It’s common for would-be rescuers to become victims of drowning.”