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Three Rescued from Drowning at Manchester Lake

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MANCHESTER TOWNSHIP, NJ – Three males swimming at Harry Wright Lake in Manchester attempted to swim across the lake and became fatigued on Monday, resulting in a near-drowning incident.

According to police, on Monday, at approximately 4:16 p.m., Manchester Township Police Department officers responded to the Harry Wright Lake for the report of a missing swimmer and possible submersion.

“Upon arrival, officers and rescue personnel gathered additional information at which time it was determined that three male swimmers had developed fatigue while attempting to swim from one side of the lake to the other,” said Captain Vincent Manco. “Two of the swimmers were assisted to shore by good Samaritans. However, one of the two was transported to Community Medical Center for evaluation and treatment.”

Captain Manco said the third swimmer was located and rescued from beneath the surface by members of the Whiting Volunteer Fire Department and Manchester Career Fire Department.


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“Life saving measures were initiated on the swimmer who was subsequently transported to Community Medical Center by Manchester EMS along with Paramedics from RWJ,” Manco added.