Workers call off search after motorist is rescued from River des Peres

2013-06-16T15:15:00Z 2013-06-17T08:39:07Z Workers call off search after motorist is rescued from River des PeresFROM STAFF REPORTS

ST. LOUIS  • Police and fire officials have called off a search of River des Peres after a motorist was pulled from the water Sunday morning and suggested that children may be trapped in his submerged vehicle.

The man rescued was described as incoherent, but he kept mentioning children, police said.

Officials said all of the man's children have been located and are safe. Rescue workers pulled his truck from the river and found no one inside. The man was taken to an area hospital.

They were called to the scene, near interstate 55 and Morganford Road, at about 11:30 a.m.

Chris Dimza, a four-year city paramedic/firefighter who was off-duty, said he was driving in the area with his wife when he noticed other drivers pulled over and getting out of their cars. He got out, too, and saw the truck sinking into the water.

He said he jumped into the river and saw the driver pop out of the water. He then helped him swim ashore.

St. Louis Fire Capt. Dan Sutter said the driver was headed north on Cortois Street when he failed to make a turn and drove into the river. 

Susan Weich is a reporter at the Post-Dispatch. Follow her on Twitter or Facebook.

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