Princeton rescue worker dies from water rescue injuries

The death toll from Hurricane Irene in New Jersey has risen with the death of a Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad member swept up in floodwaters on Sunday.

Princeton police reported yesterday that emergency medical technician Michael Kenwood died as a result of his injuries.

Kenwood and a second squad member had entered a flooded roadway to check on a vehicle when they were recalled because it was unsafe. Police say both ended up being swept away by the fast-moving water, but the second rescue worker regained his footing. Kenwood was hospitalized in critical condition.

It was later determined the vehicle they were trying to reach was unoccupied.

Gov. Chris Christie wrongly reported Sunday that the EMT had already died. He later apologized for having received bad information.

AP wire services contributed to this report.

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