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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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She put her life in danger

She put her life in danger by her own free will. Never was the cop's life in any danger. My guess is she learned her lesson and no charges were necessary. Seems like you can't cross paths with a cop anymore without getting charged and fined for something. As for the "needs to have some sense beaten into them" remark......take your best shot.

Girl in river

She should never have jumped into the river , but when she got out with the help of the OFFICER all is well, life saved. Where the trouble came from was she shouldn't have lied to him! I can see him giving her a ticket for lying to him but not the River= with a stiff talking to by the OFFICER she should know better the next time she even thinks about it! But also Thank you Officer for your rescue well done.

I agree. If they just give

I agree. If they just give you a warning, they don't meet their quota for gouging the public!


WPD doesn't have quotas, they can write as many tickets as they like.

But not as few...

thus the aforementioned quota. Are you on the force or something?

She deserved to be charged.

She deserved to be charged. The police officers shouldnt have to deal with idiots like this. To jump in that river especially at night is almost suicide. She is lucky she is alive. I'm glad she got charged. Its just too bad you cant fix stupid!

Life preservers?

The officer was reduced to throwing the victim a water hose? Doesn't the City of Wilmington have life preservers along the Riverwalk? Hope all these late-night, drunken swims aren't part of a new trend in downtown Wilmington...

They used to have life preservers..

but the cops kept mistaking them for doughnuts :)

You're 0 for 2 on the cop doughnut jokes...

better come up with fresher material. Last time I heard someone get a get laugh with those, he followed it up with "Take my wife...please! I gotta million of 'em folks! I'll be here all week! Try the veal!" Ahh, the good ol' days at the Catskills. Vaudeville, where have you gone?

Preventing late-night, drunken swims....

Is more than likely why the cop wrote her the tickets. She didn't fall in. She got in the water "just wanted to go for a swim". She probably didn't think it was such a good idea after she found out what 60 something degree water felt like, and the current got hold of her.

Guest350: She got tickets, and she deserved them. Unlawful Swimming at a City Park is because she's an idiot. Hinder and Delay of a Peace Officer is because she lied to the cop about who she was. There's a few other things she could have been charged with for that one.