Wilmington man rescued from Brandywine River

Wilmington firefighter rescued a man stranded in the middle of the Brandywine River.

A group of firefighters returning from a call around 6:30 Thursday morning spotted a man in distress clinging to a rock in the middle of the river. He was found south of the Washington Street bridge near West St. Members of Wilmington Fire’s technical rescue unit jumped into the river after rigging ropes and safety lines to make the rescue.

After about 20 minutes, the rescue team had the victim secured in a life jacket and were able to move him safetly to shore. He was taken to Wilmington Hospital for an evaulation. Firefighters declared scene under control just after 7 a.m.

Fire officials say they have no idea why the man was in the river at such an early hour.

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