FRANKLIN (Somerset) — A father who went into the Millstone River to help his three children drowned Wednesday afternoon.

Police were called to the river in Franklin Township after the children age 13,11 and 8 were on the shore after their father, a 42-year-old South River man, got them out of the shallow water, according to Franklin Township Police Lt. Vincent Wilson. The dad lost his balance and did not resurface after falling back into the water.

First responders found the man around 5:30 p.m. by the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office dive team. The children were checked over at the scene. The current of the water was described as swift by Somerset County Prosecutor's Office Chief Frank Roman.

Wilson did not disclose the man's identity pending notification of family.

Several police and EMS agencies were part of the part of the search in the swift current of the canal including State Police.

Franklin Township police will further investigate the incident.

Drownings in New Jersey

There were two drownings on Saturday in Monmouth County.

A Long Branch man drowned in the Swimming River Reservoir in Thompson County Park in Middletown while another man was pulled out of the ocean in an unguarded section of Gunnison Beach in Sandy Hook.

Report a correction 👈 | 👉 Contact our newsroom

LOOK: The longest highways in America

Stacker compiled a list of the longest interstates in the United States using 2021 data from the Federal Highway Administration. Read on to find out which ones are the lengthiest.

33 Early 2000's 'TRL' Moments That Feel Like a Fever Dream

MTV's Total Request Live was known for hijinks, hedonism, and giving VJs and Carson Daly unfettered access to artists like Britney Spears and Destiny's Child. Let's take a look back at these crazy TRL moments.

NJ residents giving most money to Trump 2024 campaign

According to filings with the Federal Election Commission, these New Jersey residents have given the most money this year to former President Donald Trump's 2024 election campaign. These aggregate year-to-date totals are current as of June 30, 2023. These figures do not include donations to super PACs, which can raise and spend unlimited amounts.

More From New Jersey 101.5 FM