A recovery operation is underway for a man who was swept away in the Connecticut River about 5 p.m. on Saturday.
The Hartford Police Department responded to the west bank of the Connecticut River just south of Adrian's Landing. They received a report of a person who fell into the river and could not get out.
According to Hartford police, search and rescue teams were immediately dispatched, including the Hartford Fire Department and the Hartford Police CREST Dive Team.
According to police, they learned that a 33-year-old male victim was fishing from the west shore of the river when a female dropped her keys. The victim tried to get the keys by taking off his hat and sunglasses and getting into the water.
The victim was quickly taken into the river by the strong current. According to police, witnesses saw him above the water, struggling for approximately 150 yards. The victim was moving quickly south down the river until he went under the water.
The investigation is ongoing, and the victim's identity has not been released yet.
According to police, many portions of the Hartford river parks are currently flooded. The water level is very high, and the current is incredibly strong and fast. The Connecticut River may look calm, but it is an extremely dangerous river with a powerful current.
The Hartford Police Department is urging anyone who fishes in the Connecticut River from shore or vessel to always wear a flotation vest or device.
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