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July 19, 2015

Crews locate one of two swimmers gone missing in Delaware River

Body of one victim discovered in Burlington County

A search team recovered the body of one of two individuals who went missing in the Delaware River in separate incidents on Sunday afternoon, one day after a 41-year-old man died while attempting to cross the river in Pike County.

The body of an unidentified man who disappeared near York Street in Burlington City at around 7:15 pm has been recovered, the City of Burlington Police Department announced on its Facebook page

Earlier, witnesses told NBC 10 that two men and a woman were seen walking along the waterfront ledge before jumping in to swim to an abandoned amusement park on the other side of the river.

One of the men, in his twenties, struggled before going underwater. Several people on shore attempted to help the man, but he could not be found. 

Burlington City officials have issued an executive order banning swimmers from crossing to the island.

The name and age of the victim would not be released pending notification of the family, officials said.

The first incident on Sunday involved a 22-year old Virginia man who disappeared in the water at Bristol Wharf in Bucks County around 10:15 am, according to NBC 10

The victim, Marquis Richardson, initially appeared to be secure in the water, but suddenly began calling for help, witnesses said. The search for Richardson was suspended late Sunday afternoon due to a dangerous current and will continue Monday morning.

On Saturday, a central Pennsylvania man, identified as 41-year-old Jason Moser of Myerstown, drowned while attempting to cross the Delaware River in Pike County near the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Center. His body was discovered in an area known as Shad Rocks, located between Bushkill Access and Smithfield Beach.