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The Hopatcong Lake Region mourns the death of Arthur Clarke – Missing Swimmer

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After searching for three days, the body of Arthur Clarke was found by a family member in the Byram Cove area of Lake Hopatcong on Tuesday.

What we Know:

It was Friday night that Arthur Clarke left his home to take a night-time swim in Lake Hopatcong. According to friends, this was not uncommon as he was an avid long-distance swimmer, and enjoyed the night-time swims as the boat traffic was lighter and better fit his schedule.

By Saturday afternoon when he had not returned home, Police and the State Police Marine Bureau searched the area for three days. The water was the key focus as a neighbor found his shirt and beach sandals of the dock of his lakefront home on Byram Cove.  

How can an Experanced Swimmer Drown?

Drowning is the fifth-leading cause of “unintentional injury death in the United States” Stated Susan Moore from the Open Water Swimming Club in New York. “Even if you are a seasoned swimmer with hundreds of miles’ water under your belt, things happen such as seizures and other health related issues. And since you’re an open water swimmer, you have no life-saving floatation devices with you.

“We encourage our team members to always swim in pars, or under the use of support boats which can step-in when there is an emergency.”

The investigation is ongoing by the New Jersey State Police Marine Bureau, with the Hopatcong Lake Regional News following the story to its conclusion.

Long Time Member of Hopatcong:

Arthur Clarke was a teacher with Hopatcong Schools for 16 years before he started Hopatcong Eye Care and worked as an optometrist. As a longtime resident and business owner, he was well known and liked throughout the lake community.

Lastly, Arthur Clarke was very aware of water safety as he served as a seasonal water safety supervisor for the Department of Environmental Protection.

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