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Superintendent Colonel Melissa Zebley
South Bowers Beach– On June 30, 2020, at 2:59 p.m., the Delaware State Police responded to the Muderkill River/South Bowers area for two swimmers that had been carried away by the strong water currents.
Troopers learned a 21-year-old male from Philadelphia, a 20-year-old male from Tennessee, a 20-year-old female from Philadelphia, and a 20-year-old male from Philadelphia traveled to the South Bowers Beach area. All four subjects entered the water to go swimming when they were pulled away from shore by the strong currents.
When this occurred, an individual onshore observed the incident, entered the water on two different occasions, and safely rescued two swimmers back to shore.
Multiple police, fire, maritime, and EMS agencies responded and conducted search and rescue operations. As of 9:00 p.m., two of the swimmers were not located, and the search efforts were suspended until July 1, 2020, when they will begin again.
At this time, this case remains active and ongoing. The identities of the victims are being withheld at this time due to notification to next to kin.
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