Fire crews rescue woman via boat in Phoenixville

PHOENIXVILLE — Crews from several area fire departments helped evacuate a person suffering from an undetermined medical event from the banks of the Schuylkill River Saturday night on the borough’s north end.

Phoenixville Assistant Fire Chief Brian Gallagher said crews were dispatched at 8:26 p.m. “to assist with a patient along the riverbank on the Norfolk-Southern line near the Black Rock Tunnel.”

“Apparently, she was out with a bunch of friends,” Gallagher said. “We’re not quite sure what medical issue occurred.”

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The victim was a female in her late teens, according to Gallagher, and the call actually came in through John Trego Jr., assistant chief of the Liberty Fire Company, out of Spring City.

“He was out fishing with his family and saw the commotion,” Gallagher said.

The victim was reportedly unconcious when medics arrived and remained so for the rest of the ordeal.

When Phoenixville Fire Department crews arrived, they determined it would be “far easier to take the patient down a few feet to the water line and use a boat to transport her” than carry her back up through the woods to an ambulance.

Black Rock Fire Company’s marine unit was called in as well as elements of the Friendship Fire Company (Phoenixville) dive unit.

Crews took her onto a boat and safely transported her to an ambulance.

It was unclear exactly what medical issue occurred, whether it was some kind of trauma or a chronic issue. The female‘s condition is unknown.

Gallagher said crews cleared from the scene by 11:30 p.m.

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