North Bergen woman drowns during evening swim in Sandy Hook Bay, officials say


A North Bergen woman drowned during an evening swim in Monmouth County’s Sandy Hook Bay over the weekend, officials said.

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By John Heinis/Hudson County View

The body of Melissa Fries, 37, of North Bergen, was discovered around 6 a.m. Sunday morning in a joint effort that involved police, firefighters, a search helicopter, the New Jersey State Police and the U.S. Coast Guard, according to multiple media reports.

The group of friends she was with called 911 around 11:15 p.m. on Saturday and the incident is being investigated as an accidental death, authorities said.

The investigation into Fries death currently remains ongoing.

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