Search For Little Boy Now A Recovery Mission - FOX 13 News

Search For Little Boy Now A Recovery Mission

Posted: Updated:
PHILADELPHIA -

The search for the little boy has been called off for the night. Police are now calling this a recovery mission.

The boy was last seen jumping into the swollen waters of Pennypack Creek with his brother.

His brother made it to land, but he is still missing.

While police comb the banks of Pennypack Creek tonight, family members of the missing boy from Northeast Philadelphia are holding vigil. Praying for any sign of the 13 year old.

"They got swept down the river to this part by the falls. Both went over, one came back up, the other we could not find," says Philadelphia Fire Department Chief Robert Coyne.

Fire officials say that just before two p.m. this afternoon, two brothers aged 11 and 13 years old, jumped off the bridge to go swimming.

Both boys went over the falls but only the 11 year old came back.

After 2 hours of search and rescue in the rain-swelled Pennypack, even a fire department diver had to be rescued.

"The current was very swift; our rescuers had a tough time coming upstream against the current," says Coyne.

Locals say kids have been jumping off the Pennypack Creek Bridge for years. Just two weeks ago two teens had to be rescued from the creek. But today the summertime fun may have turned tragic.

"Kids love to jump off of it and into the water but you are not supposed to. There are 'no swimming' signs, but people take them down and ignore them," says Jim Hunsberger from the Philadelphia Parks and Recreation.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Man Dies Following Parachute Jump In South Jersey

    Man Dies Following Parachute Jump In South Jersey

    Monday, April 21 2014 7:19 AM EDT2014-04-21 11:19:43 GMT
    A parachute jump goes terribly wrong in South Jersey. A skydiver dies after what police describe as a problem with his wingsuit.
    A parachute jump goes terribly wrong in South Jersey. A skydiver dies after what police describe as a problem with his wingsuit.
  • Student Sexually Assaulted At West Chester University

    Student Sexually Assaulted At West Chester University

    Student Sexually Assaulted At West Chester University

    Monday, April 21 2014 7:18 AM EDT2014-04-21 11:18:39 GMT
    Students and parents are on edge after a sexual assault was reported to the University Department of Public Safety on Saturday, April 19th at 2:28 a.m.According to campus police, the assault occurred in a residence on campus. Police say the victim did not know the attacker."It's kind of scary because obviously it shouldn't be happening," student Kate Luff said. "There's security guards so I mean they had to have gotten signed in or lived in the building."Other studentsare just as shocked."Tha...
    Students and parents are on edge after a sexual assault was reported to the University Department of Public Safety on Saturday, April 19th at 2:28 a.m.According to campus police, the assault occurred in a residence on campus. Police say the victim did not know the attacker."It's kind of scary because obviously it shouldn't be happening," student Kate Luff said. "There's security guards so I mean they had to have gotten signed in or lived in the building."Other studentsare just as shocked."Tha...
  • One Year After Marathon Bombings, Runners Return To Boston

    One Year After Marathon Bombings, Runners Return To Boston

    Monday, April 21 2014 7:01 AM EDT2014-04-21 11:01:22 GMT
    One year after the explosions, 36,000 runners return to Boston. See how the city is securing the site.
    One year after the explosions, 36,000 runners return to Boston. See how the city is securing the site.
Powered by WorldNow

FOX 13 / WTVT-TV
3213 West Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, Florida 33609
Main: (813) 876-1313
Newsroom: (813) 870-9630
Fax: (813) 871-3135

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices