Man drowns in Schuylkill River in Berks County

Friday, July 19, 2013

A man drowned Friday in the Schuylkill River in Berks County.

It happened in Reading.

Witnesses say he was swimming near Blair Avenue and Montgomery Street around 5:00 p.m. when he went under.

He wasn't found for another 15 to 20 minutes.

Rescuers had to climb down a steep embankment to pull him out of the water.

Medics performed CPR and rushed him to the trauma center at Reading Hospital.

He was pronounced dead a short time later.

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