Crews locate and id teen who fell into Ridley Creek during possible medical emergency

Search and rescue crews spent two days combing the Ridley Creek for a young man who fell in the water Saturday night.

Authorities say 20-year-old Rydee White was found by the City of Chester Dive Team Monday morning, just before 10:30. 

Officials say the incident happened on the Chester side of the creek near Sundrive & Hancock Streets around 6 p.m. Saturday. White may have suffered a medical emergency when he fell, according to authorities.

Crews from the Chester Incident Command, Tinicum Fire, Chester Fire Department and Eddystown Fire Company scanned the river north of the Chester Pike Bridge to the Delaware River. 

The heavy rainfall caused strong currents in the creek which obstructed the effectiveness of water search tools. The search continued with boats, drones and on foot for over two hours, but crews were unable to locate Rydee.

The search continued with divers on Sunday, according to officials, but their search was unsuccessful, leading teams back to the location Monday morning. Rydee was then located in Ridley Creek, behind the North View Apartments, on the 1100 block of Eddystone Avenue.

Anyone with information regarding the incident, is urged to contact Detective Benjamin Thomas (City of Chester Detective) at 610-447-8426 or


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