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.
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.
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.
Updates will be posted as they become available.