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Hudson Valley man drowns at popular swimming spot near I-84


A missing man from the Hudson Valley has been found in 12 feet of water.

At around 7 p.m. on Sunday, Port Jervis Police and members of the City of Port Jervis Fire Department responded to a 911 report of possible drowning in the Delaware River in the Laurel Grove Cemetery area. at a popular swimming spot called “Goose Rock”.

Witnesses reported that the swimmer was last seen floating in the middle of the river towards the I-84 bridge when he submerged underwater and never resurfaced.

Fire Department divers have been deployed by Port Jervis City Fire Department, Matamoras Fire Department, Westfall Fire Department, Sparrowbush Fire Department and Fire Department de Bushkill and searched the river for the victim.

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The search was suspended before dark last night and firefighters resumed the search for the victim on Monday morning using search dogs.

On Monday around 11:45 am, divers located the deceased, identified as a 32-year-old man from Port Jervis. The unnamed man was found about 60 feet from the shore at a depth of 11 to 12 feet underwater, police said.

Authorities are withholding the name of the deceased until family members are informed. An investigation into this incident is underway by Port Jervis City Police detectives with assistance from the Orange County Medical Examiner’s Office. Anyone with information regarding this incident can contact the Port Jervis City Police Detective Unit at 845-858-4003.

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