Elizabeth Teen Dies After River Accident in Bridgewater

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A 19-year-old male teen from Elizabeth died several hours after being rescued from drowning in the Raritan River near Ten Eyck Park in Branchburg, Bridgewater. According to police reports, the teenager and a friend waded into the Raritan River one afternoon. He experienced problems while in the water, and so his friend yelled for help. The Elizabeth teen was pulled to the Bridgewater side of the river, north of Route 22 West Bridge.

North Branch Fire Department, Somerset Medical Center paramedics, and Branchburg First Aid immediately responded to the near-drowning accident. The officers who arrived at the accident scene saw several people pulling the teen out of the water. Realizing that the teen did not have a pulse, the rescue team performed CPR and he resumed breathing. He was then rushed to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick. About 4 hours after being revived, the teenager was pronounced dead.

Drowning causes respiratory impairment due to submersion in water or in other liquid, which can result in the death of the person. A near-drowning experience can lead to permanent brain damage or even death.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, 3,443 people died in 2007 due to unintentional, non-boating related drowning in the United States. This rate of fatality averages to 10 deaths per day. In addition, 496 people died due to boating-related accidents in the same year.

The World Health Organization stated that drowning is the third leading cause of unintentional death worldwide. In the U.S., drowning is the second leading cause of death among children between the ages of 1 to 14. Males, children, and those with greater access to water are the ones at a higher risk of drowning. Worldwide, children under the age of 5 have the highest mortality rates.

People involved in a near-drowning accident are most likely to require hospitalization and a higher level of care because they may suffer from irreversible brain damage that can lead to disability or a vegetative state.

If you or a loved one has suffered a drowning accident contact us for a free consultation at (877) 996-5539

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