Man rescued from river
MIDDLETOWN >> A man in his 50s was pulled from the Connecticut River and taken to the hospital early Wednesday morning, officials said, less than a week after crews searched for a person who reportedly jumped into the same waters.
The Middletown Fire Department marine unit rescued the man as he was clinging to wooden pilings on the railroad bridge near the Arrigoni Bridge just after 8 a.m., Deputy Fire Chief Al Leary said. The man, who was conscious at the time, was found in the water near Harbor Park holding on to the northern por-
tion of the brownstone section of the swing bridge, Leary said.
“He was banged up a little,” the deputy chief said.
The possibility of the victim having hypothermia is very strong, he said.
Three Middletown officers and a firefighter on board the watercraft warmed the man once they took him out of the water and sent him for medical treatment, Leary said.
His condition is unknown.
Although he would not speculate if the man had jumped into the water from the bridge, Leary said where the victim was found is in the river’s “general flow path” from the overpass.
South Fire District marine units helped with rescue efforts, Leary said.
Portland police have taken over the investigation, according to Middletown Police Lt. Heather Desmond.
On April 11, a witness reported seeing a black man jump over the railing of the Arrigoni Bridge at about 2 p.m. and go into the river, Middletown Police Capt. Sean Moriarty said at the time.
That victim was not found during the single dive made by marine crews within an hour of the incident, said Middletown Fire Chief Robert Kronenberger. “We were working under really bad river conditions and now that the river conditions have come down, I’m sure the police department will pick up where we left off.”
Protocol for marine incidents, the chief said is, fire personnel work rescue missions and police take over recovery operations, “but a lot of times, we all help each other out.”
That person or his body has not yet been found, officials said.
Middletown Fire Department’s Marine 1 docks Wednesday morning at Harbor Park.
A man was rescued Wednesday morning from the Connecticut River in Middletown.