On June 28, shortly after 21:00, Rīga Municipal Police Security on Water and Civil Protection Service received information from employees of the State Fire and Rescue Service about a man who was going to jump in the Daugava from the Salu Bridge.
While surveying the water body near the Salu Bridge, the rescuer did not find any person at the bridge or in the water, so he immediately traveled down the Daugava, where he spotted a boat with people who tried to throw a lifesaver at the person. As the policeman approached the person in the water, he noticed that the man had let go of the lifesaver and was slowly sinking under the water. The police officer caught the man by the foot and pulled him into the boat. The injured man was unconscious.
The drowning person was swiftly taken to shore and handed over to the Emergency Medical Service.
Compared to last year, the number of drowning persons rescued this year has increased significantly. Five drowning persons were rescued in Rīga last year, but this year 10 drowning persons have been rescued between January 1 to July 5.
As reported every year by LSM, Latvia consistently tops European league tables for drownings per capita with dozens of deaths both in summer and in winter when reckless fishermen regularly fall through the ice.