Man dies as car plunges into water near Boathouse Row

The rescue diver that went into the Schuylkill River drinks water after diving going into water to remove victim of motor vehicle accident out of submerged car. Philadelphia Marine Unit officers with police department and Fire Department were called to a report of a man in the Schuylkill River on Tuesday, March 19, 2013. Rescue diver removed one male victim from the water. ( ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER )

A man died after a red sedan he was driving plunged into the Schuylkill River near Boathouse Row this afternoon.

Rescue crews pulled the man from the scene and performed CPR. However, police said he was pronounced dead at an area hospital.

The incident occurred about 12:30 p.m., just north of Boathouse Row. The man's car was pulled from the water just before 2 p.m.

Kelly Drive was closed as a result between Brewery Hill Drive and Lemon Hill Drive as the Philadelphia police marine unit investigated.

Officer Christine O'Brien, a police spokeswoman, said she didn't know how the car ended up in the water.

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