Father Drowns Saving His Three Children In N.J. River

TOPSHOT - French firefighter divers search for a missing person near a river on November 28, 2014 in La Londe-les-Maures, southeastern France, after a violent storm which caused floods, damages and a woman's death. The body of a woman in her fourties was found on November 28 in La Londe-les-Maures after violent storms the day before, and three people are still reported missing in the area. AFP PHOTO / BERTRAND LANGLOIS (Photo by BERTRAND LANGLOIS / AFP) (Photo by BERTRAND LANGLOIS/AFP via Getty Images)
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OAN’s Abril Elfi
1:12 PM – Friday, August 4, 2023

A father has drowned in a New Jersey river after sacrificing himself so that his children would not suffer the same destiny.


On Wednesday, a 42-year-old man went into the Millstone River to help his three children who appeared to have become “distressed.” The children who were aged 8, 11, and 13 made it back safely to shore. However, their father never made it out of the water. 

Franklin Township police responded to a 9-1-1 call made by a bystander regarding the unidentified victims drowning. When officers responded to the scene, they discovered three children standing by the shore who were looking for their father. They had been unable to locate him in the river.

The Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office dive team recovered the body three hours after the incident. The kids were released at the scene with no additional medical attention needed. 

As authorities continue to notify family members of the mans passing, the identification of the victim has not been released to the public. 

The police department is still investigating the drowning and its originality.

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