Police recover body of teen who drowned saving friend

Search­ers on Thursday re­covered the body of a 17-year-old boy who drowned in the Delaware River one day earli­er after he had jumped in to save a friend from drown­ing.

The tragedy oc­curred along the river near Pennypack on the Delaware park.

At about 6 p.m. May 25, three teens were on the bank when a fe­male ap­par­ently fell in­to the wa­ter, a po­lice de­part­ment spokes­wo­man said. The two oth­ers, both males, jumped in­to the wa­ter to save her.

The fe­male and one of the males made it back to shore, but the 17-year-old did not.

Po­lice re­spon­ded to the scene at 6:14 p.m. The search con­tin­ued un­til 11 p.m., stopped, then re­sumed the fol­low­ing day. Search­ers found the body on a river­side prop­erty at 7777 State Road.

Po­lice sources have iden­ti­fied the vic­tim as Wil­li­am Wilkin­son, a Lin­coln High School stu­dent and Ta­cony res­id­ent. Pub­lished re­ports iden­ti­fied the sur­viv­ors as Josh Garner, 19, and Jen­nifer Torres, 18. An of­fi­cial po­lice de­part­ment spokes­wo­man could not con­firm the iden­tit­ies.

The Phil­adelphia po­lice and fire de­part­ments, along with the U.S. Coast Guard and New Jer­sey State Po­lice, were in­volved in the search. ••

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