It is officially river-rescue season. Two women had to be pulled picked up by motor boat Friday morning after being stranded due to higher water levels and then a man needed to be rescued Sunday afternoon near Belle Isle. According to a report on TimesDispatch.com: Continue reading
Rescue crews recovered the body of a man who reportedly jumped from the Manchester Bridge into the James River at about 11:15 a.m. Wednesday morning, according reports from NBC12.com. The man, who was not immediately identified, was recovered about a half-hour later by a fire and rescue team in an inflatable boat launched from Brown’s Island. Continue reading
A man was transported to VCU Medical Center on Sunday afternoon with serious injuries after falling about 25 feet while rock climbing on the south side of Belle Isle, according to a report in the Richmond Times-Dispatch. A fire official said the call came in around 1:30 p.m. Virginia State Police assisted with the rescue. The man was loaded into a rescue basket and transported by MedFlight to VCU.
If the report is true, that he was on the south side, he was likely not climbing in a bouldered area where safety equipment and rope holds are in place.
The downside of having a wild river running through the urban James River is that it can be dangerous to those that do not take precautions. Fire and Emergency officials rescue far too many people who didn’t obey life jacket requirements when the river is above 5 feet, can’t tell that water levels are quickly rising, can’t swim or have too much to drink.
James River News Hub has begun a page to track deaths on the James River, beginning with the first 12 deaths research uncovered since mid-2007. While less than half of them appear to be accidental deaths caused during recreational visits to the river — including two unintentional drownings — it still calls attention to the need for caution.
Report from NBC12 posted around 10 a.m. Saturday morning, man found along Pipeline Rapids in downtown Richmond along a trail east of the Manchester bridge:
A homeless man was pulled from the James River near Brown’s Island just after 3 a.m. Saturday. A spokesperson for Richmond Fire says they don’t know yet just how long the man had been trapped there. A security guard in the area heard someone screaming and called police. Richmond’s water rescue team found the man on the wrong side of the flood wall.
The man was traveling along the pipe system when he was swept away by the water. It took the water rescue team 40 minutes to pull him to safety. The man was taken to the hospital for treatment. There is no word on his condition.
Report from NBC12:
Four people were rescued from the southside rocks at Belle Isle in downtown Richmond Friday afternoon. One by one, the group of young adults who went about 50 feet from the shoreline onto the rocks to do some homework ended up getting hauled back onto shore. Rescuers were in a fight against time. The sun was setting as the last person was pulled to safety. Two guys and two girls, rescuers say these four made the right call, by not trying to get back to shore on their own.
There’s no law that prohibits people from getting in the James River, but once the water levels hit 9 feet or higher, the law requires a permit to canoe, swim, or even climb on the rocks. Lifejackets are required above 5 feet. Check James River levels with the Richmond Westham Gauge.