LONG BRANCH - Five drowning deaths since June 9 in New Jersey waters have marked a frightening start to the summer season.

Authorities have not made a connection between any of the deaths.

The latest deaths came on Friday when the body of a 61-year-old man from Mount Laurel was found in Barnegat Bay near Ship Bottom.

Robin Hoffarth, 49, of Brick, died later Friday when her kayak overturned in the Manasquan River.

Officials urge swimmers to use extra precaution and avoid going into the water alone.