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Police charge woman after rescuing her from river

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington woman has been charged after a police officer rescued her from the Cape Fear River early Saturday morning.

The woman gave false names before police could identify her as Lydian Beck, 20. Beck told officers she just wanted to go for a swim. She was charged with Unlawful Swimming at a City Park and Hinder and Delay of a Peace Officer. Both charges are misdemeanors.

Wilmington Police say Cpl. Andrew Korwatch was on patrol along the Riverwalk in the 200 block of S. Water Street around 2:30 a.m. Saturday when he heard a scream for help from the river. He saw a woman being carried south by the current. Cpl. Korwatch got past locked gates to get to a floating dock where he was able to throw a dock hose to the woman. She grabbed grab the hose, and then was pulled to the swim platform on the back of a boat. Cpl. Korwatch helped the woman into the boat and then onto the dock. EMS and the Wilmington Fire Department responded.

The rescue was less than twenty-four hours after the recovery of the body of a missing Marine Friday.

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