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UPDATE: Sandy Hook Bay Drowning Victim Identified

On Monday, police identified the 37-year-old man who drowned Sunday afternoon off Monmouth Cove Marina in the Port Monmouth section of Middletown.

The man who drowned in Sandy Hook Bay on Sunday afternoon while he was out swimming and fishing with friends and family on a boat was identified Monday by NJ State Police as Hector Yandun, 37, of Brooklyn, NY. 

According to State Trooper Ken Minnes at the scene Sunday, police believe Yandun went off the boat into the water to swim, and after a while he sustained a cramp and began to experience difficulty swimming.

“Two other men on the boat — I believe they were family members — saw the victim go under and jumped into the water in an attempt to save him,” Minnes said. “He was brought to the Monmouth Cove Marina where CPR was performed on him, but the victim is now deceased.”

Yandun was brought to Riverview Hospital in Red Bank where he was pronounced dead.

Police received their first call at 4:13 p.m. about a body that had been recovered on a boat and brought into the Monmouth Cove Marina where the Middletown Township police were the first to arrive at the scene, according to New Jersey State Police Lt. Steven Jones. 

Middletown Township First Aid also responded. 

Late Sunday, a small crowd of onlookers sat at the benches and tables at the marina, talking about what had unfolded.

According to the Coast Guard, the body of water off Monmouth Cove is known both as Sandy Hook Bay and Raritan Bay. 

George Too August 28, 2012 at 03:08 PM
This is so sad but, OK, so the Press reports that the guy jumped into the water and THEN realilzed that he couldn't float. I mean, really, who can protect people from themselves. These are the kind of actions that get really dumb laws passed.
bayratt August 28, 2012 at 03:19 PM
I was at the park when the boat pulled in. I do not understand why they did not radio the Coast Guard. The police were there in like 2 minuets. BUT they had to wait for the EMT's. Makes no sence what happened. The police and some bystanders did cpr on the guy for 15 minuets. It was horrible. May he rest in peace
Fernando Tapia September 01, 2012 at 04:09 PM
Bayratt have a photo.

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