A man was pulled from the Muskingum River near the W.P. Snyder Jr. Friday evening and was later reported to be unresponsive but details about how he ended up in the water were scarce.
"The best information we have at this point is he was in there swimming (and he) had been drinking," Marietta police Sgt. Greg Nohe said late Friday.
The 33-year-old man, whose name is not being released pending notification of relatives, encountered some kind of distress in the water and had been pulled to shore by his wife by the time police arrived at the scene, Nohe said.
The man was breathing when he was taken to Marietta Memorial Hospital, Nohe said. The case remains under investigation.
A security worker watching over the Ohio River Museum's Inland Waterways Festival setup called police a little after 9 p.m. after hearing a young girl crying and indicating a man was in the river. The incident was originally reported as a suicide attempt but Nohe said that had not been confirmed or ruled out late Friday.
The security worker, Ron Warren, said he heard a man and a woman arguing but didn't think much of it until the girl started crying.
After his wife pulled him to the shore, city police officers, who were the first on scene, pulled him the rest of the way out of the water, Marietta Fire Department Capt. Marc Coppernoll said.
Instead of trying to get the man up the steep bank near the bow of the Snyder, firefighters used the department's boat to transport him to the nearby Valley Gem sternwheeler. From there, they loaded him onto a stretcher around 9:45 p.m. and took him to the hospital.
Those tending to him in the ambulance said over scanner traffic that he was unresponsive at that time. His condition once he arrived at the hospital was not available.
The lights of the fire trucks and police cruisers drew about a dozen spectators to the River Trail and Ohio River Museum grounds.
Farther up the Muskingum Friday night, Beverly police officers and volunteer firefighters, along with Washington County sheriff's deputies, were attempting to confirm a woman's report that she saw what she thought was a boat go over the dam at Beverly.
"They have not been able to confirm anything below the dam. They don't have any boats missing," Sheriff Larry Mincks said around 10:30 p.m. "Nothing has been confirmed."