Northeast Times

Pennypack drowning victim ID’d

The Phil­adelphia Med­ic­al Ex­am­iner’s Of­fice on Monday con­firmed the iden­tity of the drown­ing vic­tim pulled from the Delaware River on Aug. 17 as the boy who went miss­ing in the Pennypack Creek four days earli­er. Se­bas­tien San­on, 15, of Wissi­nom­ing, died in an ac­ci­dent­al drown­ing, said Jim Gar­row, a spokes­man for the De­part­ment of Pub­lic Health. Of­ficers from the po­lice Mar­ine Unit found San­on’s re­mains at about 8 a.m. on Aug. 17.

San­on was last seen in the Pennypack Creek, which flows in­to the river, at about 5 p.m. on Aug. 13 after a heavy storm when he fell in­to the un­usu­ally deep and rap­idly flow­ing wa­ters, struck his head on a bridge abut­ment and sank be­low the sur­face.

Swim­ming is pro­hib­ited at all times in the creek, but many youths and of­ten adults ig­nore signs pos­ted along the banks and wade in the gen­er­ally shal­low stream. Thrill seekers of­ten flock to the creek after storms in an­ti­cip­a­tion of a rising wa­ter level. ••

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