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NY Man Pulled from Raritan River in Bridgewater Dies

Bridgewater Township

A 52-year-old New York man died in an apparent drowning after he was pulled from Raritan River in Bridgewater, police said.

According to authorities, on July 4th at approximately 4:04 p.m., Bridgewater officers responded to the Raritan River near Duke Island Park, for a report of a possible drowning.

Upon arrival, police entered the river and assisted in removing the male victim, later identified as Fermin Franco, 52, of Valley Stream, NY.

Officials say police initiated CPR and all lifesaving protocols. Bradley Gardens Fire Department, Bradley Gardens Rescue Squad and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Paramedics arrived and continued providing medical aid until the victim was transported to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Somerset.

According to police, Franco was pronounced dead shortly after midnight on July 5th.

Officials say the drowning appears to be accidental, but the incident is still under investigation.