News release from the Fort Wayne Fire Department:
St. Joseph River Rescue
The Fort Wayne Fire Department and its Water Rescue Team was dispatched to reports of an individual in the St. Joseph River. Witnesses stated a man entered the river and soon went underwater and did not surface again. Although there was a language barrier, crews were able to determine where the individual went under from a witness who threw a rock in the river to indicate where the subject was last seen. This indicator provided a good location for divers to begin searching.
Divers found the victim within four minutes of entering the water and within 10 feet of the witnesses’ rock. The victim was pulled to shore and immediate care was provided. The subject was transported to a local hospital. His condition is unknown at this time. FWPD and TRAA assisted at the scene. The DNR will release any further information and/or updates regarding this incident.