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Dive teams pull pulseless, non-breathing person from Milwaukee River

The fire department said their condition is unknown at this time
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Posted at 12:27 PM, Jan 03, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-04 13:33:51-05

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MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee Fire Department dive crews recovered a pulseless, non-breathing person from the icy waters of the Milwaukee River Monday afternoon. Her condition remains unknown.

The rescue effort happened just next to the Pleasant Street bridge off Water Street on the city's lower east side.

A Milwaukee Fire Department deputy chief tells TMJ4 News that a passerby reported a person in the water. MFD's dive team eventually found the person under the ice and removed the person onto the street above. The person was then brought to St. Mary’s Hospital.

The deputy chief said the person's condition is unknown, but that they were pulseless and not breathing when they were found and removed from the river.

The identify and age of the person is not known.

"Ice rescues are extremely dangerous and the MFD trains extensively on this type of rescue. It involves placing divers and firefighters in specialized ice-rescue suits and requires very specific measures to traverse the ice, secure a victim, once found, and accomplish a safe removal. This rescue was also accomplished with the help of our Heavy Urban Rescue Team," said Deputy Chief Erich Roden in a statement.

"I was very proud of the professionalism, courage and skill demonstrated to safely remove the victim from the water," said Roden.

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