Happening Now: Crews Searching Delaware River For Missing Boater

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Middletown – Crews from Port Penn and Delaware City Fire Companies along DNREC and Fish and Wildlife marine units are reportedly searching for a missing boater in the Delaware River.

At around 8:00 this evening crews from Port Penn were dispatched to the Delaware River in the area of Augustine Beach.

Both fire company’s run logs have withheld the nature of the call, however, radio reports indicate that crews, including Delaware State Police Aviation’s Trooper 4, are searching for a missing man that was last seen holding onto a cooler and a life jacket. No vessel has been located.

Crews have found debris in the water and on the shoreline. They are also searching the shoreline using ATVs. Command has asked New Castle County Dispatch the alert the U.S. Coast Guard.

Early reports indicate that one person swam to shore and was cleared by medical crews on scene.

At around 10:15 the Coast Guard reported that vessels were en route to the scene from the Salem River. Coast Guard Aviation is also en route from Atlantic City.

Run Log Information

Port Penn 19:57 (7:57)
Nature: Withheld
Location: Delaware River@Augustine Beach – Fishers Wharf Rd
Address: Delaware River and Augustine Beach, DE

Delaware City (8:57)
Nature: Withheld
Location: Delaware River@Augustine Beach – Fishers Wharf Rd
Address: Delaware River and Augustine Beach, DE

This is a developing story.

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