UPDATE: Newark Firefighters Pull 26-Year-Old Man from Passaic River

Police officials in Newark are reporting that members of the Newark Fire Division rescued a 26-year old man from the Passaic River on Monday evening.

According to a statement released by Newark Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose, the incident occurred at approximately 6:53 p.m. where firefighters responded to the Jackson Street Bridge on a call of a man in the water and in distress.

Director Ambrose said firefighters deployed the Zodiac boat from Ladder 8 and a firefighter entered the water attached to a tether line and a boat manned by a second firefighter.

The firefighters reached the victim and lifted him to the safety of the boat. EMS transported the man to University Hospital for evaluation Director Ambrose said in the statement.

“I commend the quick-thinking and swift actions of the firefighters involved in this rescue,” Director Ambrose said. “I am grateful that this incident resulted in a successful rescue for the victim, his family, and the firefighters.”