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Firefighters Assist Police Department with Incident in Schuylkill River

By JASON BATZ, Correspondent | June 30, 2020 | PENNSYLVANIA

Story No. 070220107

Reading, PA - On Tuesday, June 30th, police officers made contact with an individual who appeared under the influence. While being questioned, the man ran from the officers and dove into the Schuylkill River.

The officers requested assistance from firefighters at 3:15 P.M. Deputy Chief Stoudt (C4) arrived at the Bingaman Street bridge and made visual contact with the subject, who was actively swimming away from the police. Firefighters entered the water in an attempt to convince the subject to go with them, which caused him to swim further away.

Crews took positions around and in the water to monitor the individual. Eventually, the subject became fatigued and began to swim to the shore. Officers immediately took custody of the subject while firefighters set up a low-angle rope system to bring them back up to the roadway.

The subject was transported to Reading Hospital for evaluation. No injuries were reported. Units were on scene for nearly an hour.

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