HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Hartford police are still searching for the fisherman who fell into the Connecticut River, Saturday evening.
Hartford police responded to the west bank of the Connecticut River, south of Adrian’s Landing around 5 PM, to the report of someone who fell in the river.
Search and rescue teams were dispatched to the scene including the Hartford Police CREST Dive team.
Police learned the 33-year-old man was fishing from the west shore when a woman dropped her keys in the water. The victim tried to retrieve the keys by taking off his hat and sunglasses and lowering himself into the water. He was then taken by the swift current into the river where witnesses say they saw him above water struggling for approximately 150 yards. He then quickly went downriver where he went under.
The water level is very high in the tidal area of the river. Many portions are of the river are also flooded.
Police say this is presumed to be a recovery operation now. The victim’s identification is being withheld until family is notified.
The incident is under investigation. Police urge anyone who fish in the Connecticut River to always wear a flotation device.