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Bergen County PD recovers Overpeck drowning victim

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YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: The Bergen County Police Water Search and Recovery Unit pulled the body of a man who drowned in Overpeck Creek yesterday from the water around 1:30 this afternoon.

The body was discovered “approximately 100 feet from the entry point at a depth of approximately 10 feet,” by the New Jersey State Police Marine Unit utilizing it’s “Sea Scan” technology to search the bottom, BCPD Lt. James Mullin said moments later.

Witnesses last night told police they saw the man go under in roughly 30 feet of water about 60 yards from shore near the Palisades Park section of Overpeck Park.

The 20-30-year-old Hispanic man was swimming from the creek’s east to west bank when he turned back and “went under soon thereafter, not to be seen again,” Mullin said.

County and Palisades Park police, along with firefighters from Leonia, Ridgefield and Palisades Park, responded to the 911 call around 5 o’clock last night. A New Jersey State Police helicopter also was called in to assist.

The search and recovery unit rushed to scene to search the murky area with the robot.

The search “was called off as a result of darkness” before 9 p.m., Mullin said. It was resumed this morning.

The man’s identity was being withheld pending his recovery and notification of next of kin.

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