Good Samaritans rescue 2 in Delaware River

PHILADELPHIA – Two Good Samaritans rescued two people from the water after their 15-foot boat sank near the Tacony Palmyra Bridge in the Delaware River.

The Coast Guard received a call at 8:42 p.m. from the Philadelphia Police Department reporting the boat sank and two people were in the water. They also reported a Good Samaritan recovered one of the people from the water.

A rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station Philadelphia arrived on scene and transported him to Frankford Arsenal where he was transferred to awaiting emergency medical personnel. The rescue boat crew along with local agencies continued the search for the second person in the water.

At approximately 10:15 p.m. the Coast Guard received a call from local police reporting the second person, a 62-year-old male, was rescued by another Good Samaritan and transferred to awaiting emergency medical personnel where he was transported to Cooper University Hospital in Camden, N.J.

“Both men were wearing flotation devices, which greatly aided in their survival,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Charles Osenbach, a search and rescue controller at Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay in Philadelphia.

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