Man, 66, is missing after sailboat capsizes in Del. River

Posted: July 03, 2014

A TASK FORCE of emergency-management officials spent much of last night searching for a man who had been in a sailboat in the Delaware River off Holmesburg, police said.

The man, 66, was last seen clinging to a cooler in the river just before 8 p.m., after the sailboat capsized in the evening's heavy winds and rain, Chief Inspector Scott Small said.

As the boat took on water and sank, four other passengers - a man and woman in their 20s and two men in their 40s - swam to the riverbank at State Road near Pennypack Street, Small said. They told investigators that they initially saw their friend clinging to the cooler, but lost sight of him in the roiling waters.

The Police Marine Unit, Fire Department, U.S. Coast Guard and New Jersey State Police combed the river for about three hours, Small said, calling off the search as the wind and rain picked up.

They're expected to resume the search this morning near the New Jersey side of the river, where a cooler had washed ashore.

The four who swam ashore told police the man is an experienced sailor and swimmer, but it wasn't clear last night if he was wearing a life preserver, Small said.

Strange weapons: Pool ball, bird feeder used in assaults.


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