Updated: Person recovered from Housatonic River

Police and EMS look on as the person pulled from the water at Birdseye Docks in Stratford is worked on behind the red truck before being move to ambulance for trip to Bridgeport Hospital. Greg Reilly photo.

Police and EMS look on as the person pulled from the water at Birdseye Docks in Stratford is worked on behind the red truck before being moved to ambulance for trip to Bridgeport Hospital. Greg Reilly photo.

UPDATE 4:25 p.m.  Stratford Police reports: “The body was that of an 80 year old white male. It was transported to Bridgeport Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

“The man has been identified but his identity is being withheld pending notification of next of kin. There does not appear to be any foul play and the incident may be accidental. The investigation is ongoing at this time.”
Stratford Fire Department reports that it was firemen in the department’s inflatable “zodiak” boat that retrieved the body and brought it to the docks.

UPDATE 2:55 p.m. Stratford police say it was a “white male approximately 85 years old” that was  “recovered” by the Stratford Police Marine Unit

A person has been pulled from the Housatonic River shortly after 1 p.m. Friday, June 21.

Stratford EMS Director Michael Loiz confirmed around 1:35 p.m. that a body had been pulled from the water.

A police spokesman said at 1:36 p.m. that the person was being taken to Bridgeport Hospital.

No one is giving any indication of the condition of the person. Police and fire officials were dispatched to a report of a body floating, and referred to a body during their search.

“We can’t give the official,” Police Chief Patrick Ridenhour said.

Stratford officials are not releasing more information. Incidents in the Housatonic Rive fall under the jurisdiction of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

Police, fire and EMS officials were in the water near The Dock shopping plaza on Ferry Boulevard shortly after reports to emergency services that a body was floating in the water.

Police look down river from the dock where a body was observed in the Housatonic River in Stratford and then was dislodged and carried down river by the current.  Greg Reilly photo.

Police look down river from the dock where a body was observed in the Housatonic River in Stratford and then was dislodged and carried down river by the current. Greg Reilly photo.

Ridenhour told The Star at the scene that police responded to reports of a body at the public dock on Ferry Boulevard. The body became dislodged and drifted with the current until it was retrieved.

Until it was retrieved, Ridenhour said, police had not seen anything in the water.

Around 1:25 p.m., units cleared The Dock, and police, fire and EMS units moved to the Birdseye Boat Launch, where the police and fire boats were coming ashore.

Doingitlocal.com reported that a vessel sank near the Moses Wheeler Bridge earlier today. It is not know if the body is connected to that sinking.

The ambulance carrying the person pulled from the Housatonic River in Stratford Friday leaves Birdseye Docks on its way to Bridgeport Hospital. Greg Reilly photo

The ambulance carrying the person pulled from the Housatonic River in Stratford Friday leaves Birdseye Docks on its way to Bridgeport Hospital. Greg Reilly photo

Updates will be posted as they become available.

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