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Warren County man drowns while attempting to swim across the Delaware River

PHILLIPSBURG, NJ (Warren County) – A Warren County man trying to swim across the Delaware River drowned Sunday in Phillipsburg, according to the Warren County Prosecutor’s Office.

On June 11, Phillipsburg police responded the Delaware River in the area of McKeen and Howard Streets for a report of a man who went under water in the rive, authorities said.

Witnesses told police that the man, who was identified as Sandoval Bustamante Ronme of Phillipsburg, had told witnesses that he would attempt to swim across the river and during the attempt, he did not resurface, prosecutor’s office said.

Numerous boats responded to the area to assist in the search and Ronme was ultimately found. He was pronounced dead shortly after being taken to St. Luke’s Hospital in Easton, authorities said.

“Follow-up investigation confirmed that there was no foul play involved,” prosecutor’s office said.

With summer approaching, the Warren County Prosecutor’s Office urges the community not to attempt to swim in or across the Delaware River.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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