Person rescued from Thames River in Norwich
Norwich ― First responders on Monday rescued a man from the Thames River who was found holding onto a submerged log.
Norwich Fire Department Battalion Chief Marc Benjamin said the man, in his mid-50s, was treated at Backus Hospital for hypothermia as well as a serious head injury.
Norwich Fire Department companies were dispatched around 1:55 p.m. Monday to a report of a person in the water, according to a news release.
The fire department’s Engine 3 deployed the department’s fire/rescue boat from the Norwich Marina and contacted Norwich Emergency Dispatch to get updates on the person’s location, the release stated.
After dispatchers gave the specific location of the person, first responders on board the rescue boat, Marine 1, found the person hanging onto a submerged log in an area of the river closer to the eastern side, near the end of New Wharf, the release stated.
The first responders deployed rescue equipment so the man could get out of the water, according to the release. The crew evaluated the man for injuries while en route to Brown Park.
American Ambulance and Norwich police responded to the park, where American Ambulance took the man to the hospital, according to the release.
During the incident, Squad A responded to New Wharf off Laurel Hill Avenue, while Battalion 1 and Truck 1 responded to Brown Park for support, the release stated.
Norwich police are investigating the incident, according to the release.