Police: Man, 25, drowns in Brandywine Creek

Despite the efforts of two Good Samaritans, police and EMS crews, a 25-year-old Coatesville male drowned in the Brandywine Creek on Sunday, Aug. 2, according to state police from the Avondale barracks.

A press release issued on Thursday, Aug. 6, said Samuel Garcia Javier was swimming at 5:12 p.m. in the creek, adjacent to the Brandywine River Museum of Art, when he entered a deep section, where the current prevented him from returning to the shallow area. He began to wave his arms, prompting two bystanders to swim toward him, the release said.

Javier disappeared for about five minutes, witnesses told police, but one of the Samaritans located him and pulled him onto the bank, where he was breathing and had a pulse. When crews from the Longwood Fire Company and the Concordville Fire Company arrived, he had stop breathing and his pulse weakened, the release said.

The terrain on the Chester County side of the creek made it difficult to retrieve Javier so a rescue boat was deployed on the Delaware County side, and Javier was transported to Riddle Memorial Hospital. Efforts to revive Javier in the ambulance and at the hospital were unsuccessful, and he was pronounced dead, the release said, adding that next of kin had arrived at the hospital and were notified immediately.



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