Police Identify Man Who Drowned At Ramapo Reservation Thursday

25-year-old Emerson man listed swimming as an interest on his LinkedIn profile

Bergen County Police have released the identity of a at the Thursday afternoon.

Daanish F. Khan, a 25-year-old man from Emerson, died Thursday afternoon after swimming in the restricted Upper Lake area of the MacMillan Reservoir, Bergen County Police Lt. Jim Mullin said Friday morning.

According to Khan’s LinkedIn profile, he was an Operating Room Support Coordinator at NuVasive, a medical device company with a location in Paramus. Representatives from NuVasive said they could not release any details about Khan’s employment there. Khan was a 2009 graduate of Rutgers University, his profile says.

Interests he listed on the professional networking site include learning languages, traveling, doing community service, playing soccer, and swimming.

According to police, Khan was swimming with his girlfriend, a woman in her 20s from Jersey City, and a dog Thursday afternoon. A bystander called police when “the woman and the dog made it to the other side of the lake, but didn’t see him anymore,” Mullin said.

The county’s Water Search and Recovery team conducted a water search in the MacMillan Reservoir and located Khan’s body at about 4:55 p.m., Mullin said. The search began as a “rescue” but changed to a “recovery” during the over two-hour search, he said.

The woman was “very distraught, but not injured,” he said.

Swimming in the restricted area is “a big problem,” Mullin said. “Lots of people go there to swim even though it is clearly posted, and county police units and [park patrols] go up there to tell people not to. But, people ignore the signs.”


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07430 September 15, 2012 at 09:09 PM
It's a terrible tragedy. My thoughts go out to their family and friends. Does anyone know how and why he drowned? In his Linkedin profile it says that one of his hobby is swimming so he knows how to swim. Is the upper lake known for under currents?
Andy Schmidt September 16, 2012 at 02:23 AM
Cheryl, there is a very small brook feeding that lake - in fact, you can stand below the dam and just look at the outflow to see how little water is being moved during this time of year.
Andy Schmidt September 16, 2012 at 02:39 AM
HSR, no reason to inflict pain on the family with such a statement. Sometimes people just die - WITHOUT anyone/anything being at FAULT - including the deceased. Kids die during football or baseball practice, even professional athletes die mid-game on the soccer field. You never know if a physiological condition (either known to the victim, or even previously undiagnosed), may have lead for this siwmmer to get into trouble. All you can really state for certain is, that the indident would NOT have occurred at THIS particular lake, if the swimming restriction had been respected. Other than that - there was a couple who enjoyed swimming, thus packed their bathing suits and decided to take their dog walking and and for a swim someplace. If they had gone to some OTHER body of water in some other county or state park, the outcome may STILL have been the same. Thus far therre has been nothing in the reports, that the conditions at Mac Millan Reservoir were a factor. So I would caution against assigning blame on anyone. Yes, they should NOT have been swimming there - but their choice of location on that day may not really have been responsible for the outcome.
Paul K September 17, 2012 at 02:43 AM
The upper lake has many springs from below feeding it as well as two areas on the far right hand side and left hand side, opposite the dam.. There are no currents. I have swam that area a lot. To venture across the lake can be a chore for novice swimmers. But since he listed swimming as an interest I can only conclude, although this may be a false conclusion, that he was not a novice swimmer. In any case it is truly a tragedy and my prayers go out to his family.
mike September 22, 2012 at 03:50 PM
there are tons of dead trees under that water that can snag you. thats why they tell you not to swim there.l


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