Fire officials plan recovery efforts after woman falls into Ohio River in Cincinnati

CINCINNATI, Ohio (FOX19) - A man was pulled out of the Ohio River by a boater while trying to rescue a woman that fell off a boat Saturday evening, said Cincinnati District Fire Chief Raffel Prophett.

Firefighters were dispatched at 6:55 p.m. Six rescue boats, five from Cincinnati and one from Covington, were sent to search for the woman. At one point, officials said, 40 firefighters and first responders were at the scene.

Prophett said crews searched the river from the public landing to Anderson Ferry for over an hour and a half but was unable to locate the woman.

Officials called off the rescue search Saturday night and will be starting a recovery search Sunday morning, said Fire Captain Matthew Flagler.

A news release sent out late Saturday by Cincinnati police reads, in part: “CPD assisted with searching for the subject on the Ohio shoreline and Kentucky Law enforcement assisted on the Kentucky shoreline. However, the subject was not located on the shoreline. After searching for more than 90 minutes the incident was concluded with negative results. Law enforcement is conducting an investigation of the incident.”