Northeast Times

Search continues for body of swimmer

The man jumped from a boat on the Delaware River, friends say, and dis­ap­peared be­low the sur­face.

A man who al­legedly jumped from a boat to go swim­ming in the Delaware River on Sat­urday re­mained miss­ing early this week as search­ers con­tin­ued to probe the murky river for his body.

Phil­adelphia po­lice de­scribed the sub­ject of the search only as a 44-year-old man. He has not been de­clared dead. As a rule, the po­lice de­part­ment does not re­lease the names of in­jured people who are not charged with a crime, a de­part­ment spokes­wo­man said.

However, pub­lished news re­ports have iden­ti­fied him as Sid­ney Spence of the 4700 block of James St. in East Frank­ford.

Ac­cord­ing to Of­ficer Christine O’Bri­en of the po­lice de­part­ment’s me­dia re­la­tions unit, two men and a wo­man were in a boat on the river near the 8500 block of State Road shortly be­fore 11 p.m. when the 44-year-old dove in­to the wa­ter for a swim.

The oth­er boat­ers saw him strug­gling to swim, so the wo­man threw a flot­a­tion device to him, but he dis­ap­peared from view, O’Bri­en said. ••

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