Man res­cued from river

The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT) - - FRONT PAGE - By Cassandra Day cday@mid­dle­town­press.com @cas­san­dras­dis on Twit­ter

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.

CASSANDRA DAY — THE MID­DLE­TOWN PRESS

Mid­dle­town Fire Depart­ment’s Marine 1 docks Wed­nes­day morn­ing at Har­bor Park.

CASSANDRA DAY — THE MID­DLE­TOWN PRESS

A man was res­cued Wed­nes­day morn­ing from the Con­necti­cut River in Mid­dle­town.

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