Divers find body of officer killed in accident
NEWARK — Divers recovered the body of a police officer Thursday afternoon near the drawbridge where he and another officer plunged to their deaths on Christmas night.
The body of Jersey City Officer Robert Nguyen was found by New York City police divers who were helping with the search, said Paul Browne, New York police spokesman.
Nguyen’s flag-draped body was driven slowly over the bridge as scores of police officers and firefighters stood and saluted.
Nguyen was in an emergency services vehicle that plummeted 45 feet off the open drawbridge in blinding rain and fog into the frigid Hackensack River on Sunday night.
The body of the other officer, Shawn Carson, 40, was found about 90 minutes after the accident.
The officers were at the Lincoln Highway Bridge to help place warning cones and flares because the safety bar and bell used to warn motorists when the bridge was open had been damaged in a truck accident.