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Winooski River Rescue

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WINOOSKI, Vt. - A volatile situation on the Winooski River Sunday evening ended without incident.

A short time after 7 p.m. police and fire crews were called to an area near the near the Riverwalk in Winooski to assist a distraught man who had climbed out onto the rocks.  The man, 39-year-old Jason Goodrich of Burlington, paced back and forth and several times put his head down between his legs.  He also threw a backpack into the river and entered the water, only to return to the rocks. Rescue crews yelled from shore urging him not to re-enter the water.  

"Once he got out there he realized he was not able to get back.  His state of mind -- we are still not sure of at this time -- but the river was really running too much for him to get back -- he lost his shoes.  So we contacted, along with Winooski Fire, Colchester Technical Rescue and retrieved him with the boat," said Burlington Fire Department Deputy Chief David Roberts.

Once the Colchester Technical Rescue boat was in the water, it only took and matter of minutes for the boat to reach the man who then stepped easily into the craft and was taken to shore. 

Police say Goodrich had a blood alcohol level of .119 and is currently under the supervision of the Department of Corrections. He was turned over to corrections officers.

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