Man dies after rescuers pull him out of White River in Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A man who was pulled out of the White River in downtown Indianapolis Thursday morning has died.

According to the Indianapolis Fire Department, crews were called to the White River near the 10th Street bridge around 10 a.m.

A witness who was fishing near the low head dam just north of the bridge reported seeing the 30-year-old man dive into the water. He remained under for about fifteen minutes.

“Nobody has any idea why the man entered the water, but everybody was on the scene pretty quickly,” said IFD spokeswoman Rita Reith.

According to DNR officials, the man was acting erratically before entering the water. Officials say he went in close to the low head dam, but that underwater structure did not hamper rescue efforts.

“Fortunately or unfortunately, the man went downstream about 600 feet which is where we picked him up about forty yards from shore,” said Reith.

Rescuers started CPR on the rescue boat, and life-saving measures continued in an ambulance as the man was taken to an area hospital in “very critical condition.”

Authorities have still not released the man’s name pending notification of his family. They have also not said what may have prompted him to enter the water.