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Male Dies After Falling into Allegheny River

Date: August 1, 2020
Incident Type: River Rescue search
Location: Washington's Landing

Pittsburgh River Rescue responded to a report of a male who fell into the Allegheny River near the 31st Street Bridge around 9:45 p.m. Friday.

The male was on a boat with friends. When the operator was docking the boat at a Washington’s Landing marina, the male fell or jumped into the water and did not resurface.

EMS rescue divers searched the water for two hours, their efforts challenged by heavy debris in the water and near-zero visibility. They located the male about 40 feet downriver shortly before midnight. The male was pronounced dead at 12:01 a.m. Saturday morning.

Pittsburgh Police and the PA Fish and Boat Commission are investigating.

Pittsburgh River Rescue is made up of EMS certified rescue divers and Pittsburgh Police boat operators and code enforcers.

Reporting PIO:
Chris Togneri