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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This beautiful young girl died on Dec. 22. of a tragic car accident. This is no joke, look it up. For her family's sake, this article and comments should be removed.

To All of you that want to discredit him as a hero are all idiots that have probably been arrested before and are bitter..He is a hero on the job everyday and within his family!! Cops risk their lives everyday for idiots that don't appreciate it, and catch hell for doing their jobs!!!!!!!!!! You all don't need to talk about him when you don't know him!! He is an outstanding FAIR cop who is a great person and loving father!!And she should feel grateful that he heard her yells and got through the gates to get her. She deserved to be arrested instead of getting misdemeanor tickets!!!!! I can not believe how many ungrateful people there are in this town!! Andy you are an amazing officer and I AM proud of you for everything!!! Lay off our officers cause you know when you need them you will be calling them and expect them to be there for you!! Stay out of trouble and you won't have to worry about ANY officer "doing their job!!"

I find it hard to understand how you all can be so firm on your opinions and thoughts when it comes to the stories that are posted(if you are not directly involved). Of course, we all have an opinion but that doesn't make someone else wrong. Did you guys stop to think that not only could the officer have been injured or drowned but think about the fire/ems that were responding emergency traffic to the scene. It's dangerous enough as it is responding to calls in emergency vehicles, not only for ourselves but for the citizens on the roadways(could be you or your family). So having situations such as those where people have chosen to put thereselves in danger in senseless. Sorry that she has broken the law and now has to face the consequences but luckily no lives were lost in the process.

Cpl Korwatch didn't do a 'swann dive' into the river and grab her drowning body, and pull her out of alligator infested cold waters, then give her 'mouth to mouth resistation' and bring her back to life. But he didn't have to. He was there to throw her the rope, and save her, and that's what counts. He is just as much the hero.

He has every right to hold stick his chest out, and hold his head high.

Alert, quick to act, quick to seize what was available. He can certainly hold his head high and stick his chest out.

He is NOT a hero. Stop reinventing words. Buy a dictionary.

Andy,
You did a truly great thing! 98% of us myself included would have probaly sat there frozen not knowing what to do or worse just sat there and waited for help to show up. Don't listen to the whining idoits on this board be proud of yourself for stepping up and helping. For those of you who do not know Andy he has always been a nice, caring person and I'm proud to say that I know him.

Andy sorry that it seems to be a pretty thankless job. Summer

Many of life's circumstances are created by three basic choices: the disciplines you choose to keep, the people you chose to be with, and the laws you choose to obey.

Back in the old days, there was a commercial that used to warn people before they jumped into the water, "Look before you leap". It still applies today. Maybe she'll remember that next time.

A big thank you goes to Cpl. Andrew Korwatch.

He did exactly what one would expect an officer to do in that situation.

With all the troubles we've been hearing about in the news,(Leland PD, Carolina Beach PD, Wrightsville beach officers etc.) it's good to hear about an officer actually doing what he's being paid to do.

If Wilmington residents have a gripe about his performance, we will gladly take him in Leland or Brunswick County.

Good Job Cpl. Korwatch.

He has an overactive citation book and pen. He will fit right in at Leland. Absolutely no reason to charge her with anything. Being stupid is not a criminal offense. Guess next, they will charge even those who might accidentally fall in the river.

Yes, lucky enough for you being stupid isn't a criminal offense. But going into the river there as well as lying to a police officer are offenses.

There are plenty of reasons to charge her for her actions. It may help others to make grown adult decisions to obey the law knowing they may receive citations if they don't. It may keep another drunk out of the river to help prevent another drowning death.

I have helped a few people out that would probably be dead. But I didn't tell the media or anyone else. So what ever "Heroic's" took place, is completly washed away with the WPD for chargering her.

I'm sure she'll be racing to the Clerk's Office to pay off her fine. With bells on her feet.

Well since everyone wants to complain about how bad WPD is, maybe next time they should just let the person drown, what is it their responsibilty to save some dummy from the river?!?! If people dont want tickets then one dont be somewhere your not supposed to and two dont lie, people are idiot.

How much of the Cape Fear River is a City Park???

Drunks jump in that river and die all the time. They just pulled a dead marine out of that river the day before. They need to keep charging people for jumping in there and maybe people will think twice before doing it in the future and possibly getting themselves killed!

Where was he going? Krispy Kreme?

The WPD jurisdiction is so small in the downtown river that they can't turn the boat around without leaving the Wilmington City Limits. I guess the Lady had to FALL INTO THE BOAT.

Hey Law Enforcement, If I fall in the River, Leave me alone, I don't need your kind of help.

Why wait for the fall? Do us all a favor and jump.

Goes to show that ANY CONTACT WITH LAW ENFORMENT WILL RESULT IN CHARGES AND PAYING A TAX. FINE AND COURT COST. Good job Cop...

I hope this young woman seeks help. This is one heckuva hangover to have to wake up to.

This girl is one lucky person. The city needs to pass an ordinance for some mandatory jail time for the participants of the night time swims that are taking place. It was a good thing for her there was a cop near to save her.

Great job, Cpl. Korwatch, but your heroism is somewhat clouded because you charged her with 2 offenses. Why didn't you just let her go home with a warning? And people wonder why police officers have such a bad name overall. But, I guess it will mean more money for the City in fines and court costs, as well as assorted "evaluations" she will be "soaked" for..(pardon the pun).

Maybe the officers nerves are still a little rattled from ail the hours spent looking for the body of the last person that went into the water down there. That river is no joke, a lot of things under the surface that can hurt you and bad currents. I would have thrown her a#! in jail.

He saved her life and you are bothered by the charges??????? If common sense doesn't keep someone from jumping in the river where no one should swim, maybe the threat of charges will.

How much money do you think the city and federal government just spent looking for the last person that jumped into the river? Tens of thousands of dollars were spent between the Coast Guard, SABLE, WFD divers and boat team, WPD officers, etc.

Dang straight she should have been charged. If the DA wants to drop the charges at court then that is up to him, but people need to understand that it is both illegal and dangerous to jump into the Cape Fear River from the Riverwalk. She was 20 and drunk, too, it seems...several laws she was breaking.

What, exactly, did Corporal Korwatch do that was "heroic?" He simply threw her a hose! Good, fast thinking, but hardly heroic.

Of course, she repaid his efforts by wasting his time and lying to him, so I'd say she richly deserved the charges.

He is heroic!!! She better be glad he heard her and got through the gates!!! Don't down grade ANY cops job..They are all herioc risking their lives on a daily bases for idiots who don't appreciate it!!!!!!!!

Just last week we had a marine die by jumping in that same river. This idiot lied about her name. She was charged because she brought all of this on herself. If you want to reward bad behavior, have at it. Don't expect the police to do the same.

Great job Cpl. Korwatch!!! Yes that women did deserved to be charged! She is an idiot and so is the person saying that she shouldnt have been charged!!CMON MAN really she put her life in danger as well as his!! Whoever posted that idiotic comment needs to have some sense beaten into them!!!