Wilmington – At 6:36 hours on August 3, 2017, Wilmington Firefighters assigned to Squad 4-D platoon were returning from a previous run when they noticed an adult male in the middle of the Brandywine River in hanging on to the rocks as he was attempting to cross the river.
Members of Squad 4 notified the regional dispatch center and requested a water rescue response. Members of Squad 4 (Wilmington’s technical rescue unit) donned water rescue suits and prepared to make contact with the subject in the Brandywine. Additional resources arrived and deployed ropes and rigging to safely deploy the members into the Brandywine to retrieve the distressed individual.
Crews deployed along the river per safety protocol before rescue techs entered the water and made contact with the man. The individual was packaged by rescuers placing a life jacket and tag line on the individual bringing him safely to shore.
Once on shore Wilmington EMS medics treated the man before he was transported to Wilmington hospital for evaluation. It took crews about 20 minutes to rescue the man. The incident was placed under control at 7:06 am.
Approximately 24 Fire and EMS personnel responded to this incident.
Delaware Breaking News contributed to this story.
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