Body recovered near Harbor Side Plaza

No identification of male victim available yet

Man's body was recovered in the water near Harbor Side.
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Man's body was recovered in the water near Harbor Side.

About 11:30 a.m. on May 13, Jersey City Fire Department units along with JCFD marine 2 were dispatched with EMS to Harbor Side Plaza on a report of a person in water.

Upon arrival, firefighters saw a male body floating in the water, but too close to the rocks and shoreline for recovery by boat.

“So, we suited members up and they deployed into water where they packaged the male and created a rope hauling system to remove the body in a stokes basket,” said a ranking official on the scene. “We handed the body over to the coroner and police department.

Identification was found on the victim, but details have not yet been released to the public

“I only heard that he wasn’t the missing man from Hoboken,” the official said. “It was a recovery, not a rescue, but our members literally had water rescue training just last week.

Kimberly Wallace-Scalcione, spokesperson for Jersey City, confirmed that a body had been found.

“There aren’t many details to release at this time,” she said.  “The medical examiner took possession of the body.  Right now it is being investigated.  It’s unclear if this was a suicide.”