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Call History
Crews Assist RPD With a Subject in the River
Tue. Jun 30th 2020

15:21 Hours/ Schuylkill River off Riverfront Dr/ C Platoon-

Companies were dispatched to the Schuylkill River IAO the Thun Trail bridge to assist Reading Police with a subject in the river. RPD was attempting to make contact with an individual who appeared under the influence of illicit drugs when the male went into the river and began swimming away.  Crews arrived and located the subject in the river. C4 was stationed on the Bingaman St Bridge with binoculars to keep an eye on the whereabouts of the individual. At one point the male appeared to be tiring out so E3s crewman entered the water with a throw bag and tried to offer help to the subject. The individual refused any help and began swimming farther down stream and toward the shore. The rescuer remained in the water to provide rapid assistance if required and to keep an exact location on the individual. The subject made his way to the west side of the river and attempted to retreat from police. The subject showed obvious signs of fatigue and was having trouble walking or standing. The rescuer maintained a safe distance but kept a close eye on the individual in case the subject would experience a medical event. RPD was directed to the subjects location where he was taken into custody. R1 and M4 relocated to Route 422 where crews performed a low angle rescue to bring the subject up the river bank. The subject was transported by EMS in custody of RPD. Crews cleared the scene at 16:09 Hours.

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