Man dies after auto crashes into Saugatuck River

Posted February 27, 2017

On February 25, around 7:40 p.m. Lt. David Farrell of Westport Police Department said people at the restaurant, The Whelk, located on 575 Riverside Avenue in Westport, heard a woman screaming for help in Saugatuck River. A women in the auto with him was rescued, and taken to Norwalk Hospital.

When police arrived, they saved a woman from the river.

Officers boarded a civilian boat and rescued the woman, who said that her auto had plunged into the water and the male occupant of the vehicle may still be inside. Rescuers found a private boat nearby and used it to rescue the woman. Responding emergency crews found a woman in the middle of the Saugatuck River, struggling to fight the current. She told officers she'd been in a auto that crashed into the river and that there was another person with her in the vehicle who may still be in the water.

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One person is dead after a auto drove into a Connecticut River. Connecticut State Police, Norwalk, and Fairfield police also responded to assist. He was pulled from the river and taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The man's identity was being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.