Manasquan River Yacht Club

brick-drowning.jpgGoogle MapsThe body of a Brick woman was found in the Manasquan River, off shore from the Manasquan River Yacht Club, after her kayak capsized last night.

Robin Hoffarth, 49, of the township’s Herbertsville section, was kayaking Friday when her craft capsized just after 10:30 p.m., police said. She was the second New Jersey resident to die in the water as the Fourth of July weekend got under way, authorities said.

A couple of hours earlier, a Mount Laurel man was found dead next to an unoccupied watercraft in Manahawkin Bay near Ship Bottom, State Police said.

A boater noticed the body of John Mee, 61, floating about 30 feet from a watercraft south of the Route 72 Causeway bridge at about 8:20 p.m. State Police said Mee was pronounced dead Friday night. Foul play was not immediately suspected and the cause of death is pending an autopsy, police said.

Hoffarth had gone kayaking with her neighbor, Barbara Bartolomei, 45, while it was still daylight. The women were using separate kayaks, according to Brick Police Chief John Rein. Both of the boats capsized just after 10:30 p.m., police said.

Bartolomei was able to swim to shore, where she told her husband to call the police. Brick divers discovered Hoffarth’s body near the Manasquan River Yacht Club early this morning. The two deaths bring the number of drownings and water deaths in New Jersey to at least five since the beginning of June.

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