- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 2, 2016

DOWNE TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) - Authorities say a New Jersey man has drowned after he jumped into the Delaware Bay to rescue his young grandson.

Downe Township Fire/Rescue and Dive Team Chief Cliff Higbee tells NJ.com (https://bit.ly/2b0gfZd ) that 54-year-old John Hearn of Lawrence Township and his grandson had been playing at the beach at Forestescue Creek on Sunday afternoon.

When Hearn went back to his car, the child entered the water and got caught in a current that dragged him 50 feet out. Hearn then went in to help him.

A nearby fisherman dived in and pulled the boy to shore. The boy wasn’t badly hurt, but Hearn was unresponsive when he was pulled from the water.

Responders tried unsuccessfully to resuscitate him.


Information from: NJ Advance Media.

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