New Milford drowning victim, 25, remembered as a ‘loving mother’
NEW MILFORD — Ana Tibucio has been identified as the Bronx, N.Y., resident who drowned in the Housatonic River Monday evening.
The 25-year-old was one of two people taken to New Milford Hospital after emergency personnel responded to a reported drowning near the Bulls Bridge Power Plant around 6 p.m. Monday.
The other was a Bronx man in his 30s who helped pulled an unresponsive Tibucio out of the river, authorities said.
Tibucio is remembered on Facebook as “a loving mother” and an “amazing friend and daughter.”
A GoFundMe was started Tuesday to help with funeral expenses and support Tibucio’s three children. More than $800 had been raised as of Wednesday afternoon.
Tibucio’s death was ruled an accidental drowning by the state Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.
“They entered the river in New Milford about a mile south of the Kent town line (and) came out of the river on the Sherman side,” said Sgt. Lee Grabner from the New Milford Police Department.
It took first responders a while to find Tibucio and the man because their exact location was not initially clear.
It wasn’t until about 6:23 p.m. that emergency personnel located Tubicio and the man on the Sherman side of the river, where a state trooper was already performing CPR on Tibucio.
Tibucio was pronounced dead at the hospital, Grabner said.
The man who was taken to the hospital was treated and released. Police did not disclose his identity.
“At this time, the case is still under investigation as accidental,” Grabner said.