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Police probe drowning near Peace Rock in Schuylkill River

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 25, 2016 11:08 AM
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(Hamburg) -- State police say a man drowned near Peace Rock while trying to swim across the Schuylkill River in Berks County.

The coroner says the victim is 26-year-old Essam Saba of Allentown.

Crews were called to the river in Windsor Township shortly before 2:00 p.m. Sunday.

The man was taken to Penn State Health St. Joseph Hospital where he died shortly before 3:00 p.m.

Chief Deputy Coroner John Hollenbach says an autopsy found evidence consistent with fresh water drowning, but investigators are holding off on a final cause and manner of death until results of toxicology and other tests are complete.

That usually takes a few weeks.

Witnesses tell police the man entered the river at a beach and began struggling while swimming across the river.

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