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New Jersey man dies after driving off Connecticut boat ramp

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GREENWICH, CT (WFSB/AP) -

A New Jersey man has died after accidentally driving a van off a boat ramp in Connecticut.

Greenwich police Lt. Kraig Gray says the accident happened Monday afternoon at the Cos Cob Marina.

The Sound Beach Dive Team found the van about 12 feet under water and pulled the man out. He was taken to Greenwich Hospital and later pronounced dead.

Police identified the 80-year-old man as Patrick Conroy, of Wall, N.J.

He was the only person in the vehicle.

Officials said Conroy and his family members had taken two vehicles to the marina to launch the family boat onto Long Island Sound.

Conroy was performing a three point turn to park the van when the car dove nose first off the side of the ramp and onto the seawall and was temporarily lodged on the rocks.

Police said Conroy's son ran to the van to try to get his father out but the vehicle slipped into the water and sank between the seawall and docks.

Conroy's son dove into the water to try to rescue his father and was still in the water when emergency officials arrived.

Police said about one dozen first responders tried to rescue Conroy, but it was not until 10 minutes later that officials were able to rescue him.

The death remains under investigation.

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