Philadelphia, PA Delaware River Drowning, Jul 1911

Watch Youth Drown

Friends Thought His Struggle in River Part of Joke

Believing that he was playing a joke on them, two friends gazed at Harry NELSON, 20 years old, of 925 North Hancock street, without tendering him assistance, as he struggled and was drowned in the Delaware River, off Green street wharf yesterday afternoon.

NELSON had gone in swimming with Michael VATESKY and Harry FREDERICKS, youths of his own age. NELSON was regarded as a good swinner, and when he struggled in the water his friends thought that he was joking. When he finally sank and failed to appear they dived under water and endeavored to rescue him. It was too late, however, though both young men were practically exhausted by their efforts.

The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, PA 14 Jul 1911