Body Recovered from Brandywine River

Posted on  07/21/2013 5:52 pm

TIME: 1:45 P.M.

Today, Wilmington Fire Department Units on the “C” Platoon were dispatched to the Brandywine River in the area below the Washington Street Bridge for the rescue/recovery of a person in the water. Initial reports were that an adult male was witnessed jumping from the Washington Street Bridge and was seen unresponsive in the Brandywine River. Upon arrival, Battalion Chief James Jobes was met by a Wilmington Police Officer who pointed out the location of a person in the water approximately 50 to 75 feet off of the north side of the Brandywine River.

Chief Jobes initiated the response of the Wilmington Fire Department Special Operations units which provides for the response of all technical equipment and trained rescue personnel needed to provide the safest possible water rescue/recovery operation. Fire Department units were deployed on both the north and the south sides of the river. Four rescuers from the south riverbank entered the water and recovered the jumper. Unfortunately the jumper was pronounced dead by the New Castle County paramedics and the scene was turned over to Wilmington Police Department for the investigation. The situation was placed under control at 2:12 p.m. by the Incident Commander; Battalion Chief James Jobes.

Twenty seven (27) fire and EMS personnel responded. The following units responded: Squad Engine 1, Skyboom2 , Squad Engine 3, Engine 5, Ladder 1, Battalion 6, Battalion 7, Chief of Fire F1, Ambulance PA3 and NCC Paramedics.