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UPDATE: Adult male pronounced dead after river rescue

One person was taken to a local hospital after rescue crews were called for a reported emergency along the Chippewa River.
One person was taken to a local hospital after rescue crews were called for a reported emergency along the Chippewa River.(WEAU)
Published: Jul. 27, 2020 at 7:39 PM CDT
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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) - Eau Claire Police say the man who was the center of a river rescue has died.

Lt. Ben Frederick says while the name of the victim will not be released at this time, investigation shows the victim was with acquaintances when he went into the river to swim.

Friends then saw him unresponsive in the ricer and pulled him to shore. CPR was done for a short amount of time before 9-1-1 was called.

One person was taken to a local hospital after rescue crews were called for a reported emergency along the Chippewa River.

Eau Claire Police say the initial call was made around 6:20 p.m. Monday for a person pulled out of the water near the Pablo Center. When crews arrived, however, they were unable to find the incident.

Officials pinged the cell phone of the person who made the 911 call, which eventually led crews to a stretch of riverbed area near The Brewing Projekt, along N. Oxford Ave. There, they found an unresponsive male.

Emergency crews were able to perform CPR and bring a pulse back to the man. He was taken to a local hospital. Eau Claire Police have no idea how the person got into the water and they estimate the man had been in the water between 10 and 15 minutes.

The identity of the man emergency crews assisted was not released.

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