Divers Assist in Schuylkill Recovery in North Coventry

NORTH COVENTRY PA – Rescue divers from several first-responder organizations (at top and below) arrived Monday (Jan. 24, 2022) at around 10:30 a.m. in North Coventry Township to help find and recover a body from the Schuylkill River, near the intersection of River Road and South York Street. Township police indicated the victim is a 20-year-old woman who had been reported as missing Sunday night (Jan. 23).

Divers Assist in Schuylkill Recovery in North Coventry

The woman was said to have left her residence Sunday at about 6 p.m., and was not immediately located despite a police search of the area. Their investigation into her disappearance resumed Monday morning with a review of surveillance video footage obtained from nearby businesses. Police indicated the videos helped them track her movements near the river.

The name of the victim is not being released at this time, police said. An autopsy, to be conducted by the Chester County Coroner’s Office, was scheduled for Tuesday (Jan. 25).

Rescue teams assembled and entered the water at the river ramp near the end of Schuylkill Avenue in North Coventry. They then moved their boats west along the water toward the intersection on the shore above.

Divers Assist in Schuylkill Recovery in North Coventry

Responding to dispatchers’ calls for assistance Monday were units of the NorCo Fire Company; dive units from Keystone Water Rescue Inc. of Boyertown, Limerick Fire Department, Friendship Fire Company Diving-Rescue Unit of Phoenixville, and Pottstown Goodwill Rescue; as well as Goodwill Ambulance. A Chester County mobile communications van also arrived, as did coroners’ office vehicles (at right).

Several fire police volunteer units blocked traffic to River Road at South Hanover Street, and as well at a point farther west down River Road, so responders at the scene would not be disturbed. Traffic on South Hanover itself was allowed alternately north and south in a single lane controlled by fire police. Traffic was also restricted at the ramp area, although occasional walkers stopped for a short time.

Sensitive to the nature of the circumstances, fire police also were positioned in Pottstown’s Riverfront Park, across the river from the scene, to politely work with a larger group of passers-by who gathered there. People seemed to understand the situation; most did not linger long.

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