Man who drowned swimming at Jersey Shore was Yonkers superintendent's stepson

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Monday, July 6, 2015

MANTOLOKING, N.J. -- A man who drowned over the weekend while swimming at the Jersey shore was the stepson of a New York schools superintendent.

Authorities say John Crimmins was with friends in the ocean off of Mantoloking when he suddenly disappeared from their sight around 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

An extensive search was launched and Crimmins was found in the surf less than an hour later. Rescuers performed CPR. The 22-year-old was pronounced dead at Ocean Medical Center in Brick.

Crimmins' stepfather, Yonkers Schools Superintendent Michael Yazurlo, issued a statement to the Journal News confirming his death.

"Our hearts are heavy, we will miss John," Yazurlo said.

Crimmins is also survived by his mother, Nancy, and a sister.

Authorities have not released further details on the incident, citing the ongoing investigation.