Coast Guard rescues man from Delaware River near Philadelphia

5th Coast Guard District NewsPHILADELPHIA — The Coast Guard rescued a 23-year-old male from the Delaware River near Timber Creek here Friday.

Rescued was Casey Shubert, 23.

A crewmember aboard the tugboat Candice contacted Coast Guard watchstanders via VHF-FM radio at approximately 2:30 p.m. and reported that a person aboard a personal watercraft was trying to ride the tug’s wake, fell in the water, was injured and unconscious.

A 25-foot Response Boat — Small crew, from Coast Guard Station Philadelphia, picked up Shubert from the water at approximately 3 p.m. and transported him to the Philadelphia Cruise Ship Terminal where he was transferred to awaiting emergency medical personnel. He was taken to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia.

“This situation could have escalated into a much worse scenario if Shubert had not been wearing his life jacket when he was unconscious in the water,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Melvin Oldham, a crewmember from the station.

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