Police: Body found in Delaware River may be that of missing boater

Police on Friday recovered a body believed to be that of a man who went missing three nights before when the sailboat in which he was a passenger capsized in the Delaware River.

A police Marine Unit boat discovered the body of a white male floating in the river around 5:30 p.m., according to investigators.

Police said the body fits the description of a 66-year-old man who was aboard 21-foot sailboat Buttercup Tuesday night.

The vessel’s operator told officers that, as a heavy thunderstorm rolled in, he and four passengers were trying to make it up the river to their home port at the Delaware River Yacht Club, located at 9635 Milnor St. in Torresdale.

But a wave slammed into the vessel, causing it to overturn and sink, police said.

All five occupants were thrown into the middle of the Delaware along the 5200 block of Pennypack Street. Only four of them made it to shore.

The 66-year-old man was last seen shortly before 8 p.m., clinging to a cooler in the water, according to a report from The Daily News.

Heavy winds and rain hampered the search Tuesday night, and further efforts to find and rescue him proved fruitless.

The man’s body has been turned over to the office of the Medical Examiner, who will contact family members in an attempt to identify him, police said.

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