BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A 52-year-old New York man drowned in the Raritan River near Duke Island Park Wednesday in what appeared to be an accident, according to a release from Bridgewater Township Police.

Fermin Franco was pronounced dead shortly after midnight July 5 at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Somerset.

According to police, at about 4:04 p.m. Wednesday, officers responded to the river near Duke Island Park in response to the report of a possible drowning. When they arrived, they entered the river and brought Franco out.

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Officers began CPR and all lifesaving protocols. Bradley Gardens Fire Department, Bradley Gardens Rescue Squad and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Paramedics arrived on scene and continued providing aid until Franco was taken to the hospital.

The drowning, police said, appears to be accidental, but the incident is still under investigation.