Water rescue, search suspended in Dayton after lack of credible details

A water rescue and search in downtown Dayton was suspended after three hours following a lack of credible information from the initial report.

A 911 caller reported a person was in the Great Miami River at the North Main Street Bridge around 6:04 a.m., according to Montgomery County Regional Dispatch.

The 911 caller was not at the scene at the time and reportedly called from another county, according to Dayton Fire Department Assistant Chief Brad French.

Crews arrived on scene within five minutes of the report and attempted to get additional information while starting search operations.

The fire department deployed multiple boats in the water and searched the riverbanks in the area. Crews also used an aerial drone with thermal imaging capability.

After approximately three hours, the search was suspended, French said.

Dayton police, Five Rivers MetroParks and West Carrollton police assisted crews at the scene.

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