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Jul 10, 2020

Teenager Pulled from Raritan Bay Dies

At approximately 2:30 yesterday afternoon, 17-year-old John Vasquez allegedly jumped into the Raritan Bay in Perth Amboy and ultimately drowned.

Vasquez, described by friends and family as an adventurous person, was hanging with friends by Water Street and the Yacht Club in Perth Amboy when he voluntarily jumped into the bay.

Witnesses say he began to struggle and ultimately went missing in the water. After a desperate two-and-half-hour search by the Coast Guard, state police and NYPD dive team, officials pulled an unconcious Vasquez from the marina waters at approximately 5 pm.

CPR was administered to the teen during transport to Hackensack Meridian Health Raritan Bay Medical Center, but tragically he was pronounced dead.