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Body of second NJ officer found

Policeman found 90 feet from crash site in near-opaque water

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The two Jersey City police officers have been identified as Robert Nguyen, left, and Sean Carson.

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NEW YORK (CNN) -- The body of Officer Robert Nguyen, who died along with another officer Christmas night when their truck plunged off a drawbridge and into the Hackensack River, was found Thursday afternoon.

The 30-year-old's body was found amid debris from the crash, about 90 feet from where the vehicle hit the water, said John Drzal, a diver with the New York City Police Department.

The truck was about 50 feet below the surface of the frigid water, and because it was almost impossible to see, Drzal actually felt Nguyen's body before he saw it, he said.

"I was just happy to find our fellow officer, our brother officer, and give closure to the family," said Drzal, a 13-year veteran as a police diver.

The funeral is scheduled for Friday.

The body of the second officer, 40-year-old Sean Carson, was found less than two hours after the crash, which occurred about 8:20 p.m. just outside Jersey City.

The pair died after trying to protect drivers from the fate they were dealt.

Carson and Nguyen were delivering flares to the bridge operator because the safety gate that warns motorists that the bridge is up wasn't there, police said. The New Jersey Department of Transportation said it took down the gate the week before Christmas and was in the process of installing a new one. (Watch how the bridge was up as the officers crossed it -- 1:48)

When Carson and Nguyen returned through the rain and heavy fog, the Lincoln Highway Bridge had been raised to allow a tugboat to pass. The officers probably died on impact, Jersey City Police Chief Robert Troy said. (Full story)

"Because of the hour, the darkness, the rain, the fog, I'm sure it was impossible for those two fine young men to see what they were driving into -- their own demise," said Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy.

The 300-foot-long bridge, which was built just after World War II, is located about five miles from New York City and is used by truckers en route to the Holland Tunnel.

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