Charles River

By - 5/12/16 - 11:28 pm

Sometime after 10:30 p.m., Boston University Police came upon a trespasser in a BU building at 771 Commonwealth Ave. He ran, they chased - right to the banks of the Charles River, into which he jumped, just downstream from the BU Bridge.

As he tried to swim to Cambridge, Boston and State Police arrived, as did Boston and Cambridge firefighters with boats. Troopers in a boat found him, pulled him up and brought him to the Boston side, where, Rob Cant reports, he was put on a stretcher and taken away by Boston EMTs.

By - 5/1/16 - 7:28 pm

Scotirish gives us an overview of the day's festivities along the Charles.

One cannot help but also be impressed by the number of portable toilets (although they were probably there for the Walk for Hunger).

By - 4/28/16 - 11:37 am
Abercrombie and Fitch sweatshirt found on body

State Police and the Suffolk County District Attorney's office hope somebody recognizes the faded Abercrombie & Fitch sweatshirt worn by the roughly 60-year-old man whose body was found in the Charles River off the Esplanade on March 10. Read more.

By - 4/12/16 - 7:54 am
Seal on a dock in the Charles River

Dr. Ed spotted a seal just lounging on a dock in the Charles River this morning, probably the same one DCR reported by the locks yesterday morning: Read more.

By - 4/8/16 - 4:38 pm

A 45-year-old Harvard man jumped off the Massachusetts Avenue Bridge shortly before noon. According to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office:

Troopers were able to bring the man from the water into a State Police vessel and transport him to a nearby dock, from where he was taken to Boston Medical Center. Based on the facts and circumstances available thus far, the incident does not appear to be the result of criminal conduct and the man is expected to survive.

By - 4/6/16 - 7:45 am
BU Bridge

Firefighters, police and EMTs rushed to bridge. Photo by Rodney French.

Alive, around 7 a.m., according to Northeast Fire Alert.

By - 4/5/16 - 7:52 am

Workers at the Museum of Science spotted a seal swimming in the Charles, so naturally, they tweeted for some help to the New England Aquarium, which will now look for the critter. To which the Museum of Science replied:

Awesome! And if you happen to notice any dinosaur fossils, we're happy to help.

Boston Magazine reports the seal may still be in the river this morning.

By - 3/27/16 - 4:03 pm
Fishing in the Charles River

JB Parrett watched a couple people fishing in the Charles River.

By - 3/17/16 - 5:07 pm

Brian D'Amico reports bursts of wind shortly before 5 p.m. helped capsize a number of sailboats near the Mass. Ave. Bridge. All the dunked people were fished out of the river by first responders.

By - 3/15/16 - 7:43 pm
Marr

State Police tonight recovered the body of Zachary Marr, a 22-year-old Harvard man who was seen leaving the Bell in Hand early on Feb. 13 and then spotted by a surveillance camera falling through a gap in the train bridge to and from North Station.

The Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports: Read more.

By - 3/10/16 - 1:14 pm
Activity on the Charles River

Activity on the Charles. Photo by Slottedpig.

Along the Esplanade around 12:30 p.m. near the Hatch Shell.

The Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports:

Preliminary evidence including clothing and other factors suggests that the body is not that of a young man from Harvard, MA, previously reported missing. Identification efforts are under way and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of his death.

By - 3/9/16 - 11:06 pm
Sunset over Boston

JB Parrett captured the sunset over the Charles this evening.

By - 3/8/16 - 5:04 pm
Searching the Charles River

Tim watched some of the first responders searching the Charles around 4:30 p.m. Nick Gillham reported they were looking for somebody who might have jumped. Traffic was backed up in both directions.

By - 3/2/16 - 10:57 am
ominous cloud over Boston

Michele Connors looks at the Back Bay from the other side of the Charles this morning.

Nancy O'Connor watched the cloud move in over Millennium Park in West Roxbury: Read more.

By - 2/26/16 - 12:18 pm
Dive boat in Charles River

Aly watched a diver go into the Charles near North Point Park on the Cambridge side of the Charles this morning, near one of two areas pointed to by a search dog. Searchers have focused on the area around the train bridge just past North Station as they look for Zachary Marr, last seen outside the Bell in Hand downtown on Feb. 13.

By - 2/23/16 - 10:10 am
Peering down a hatch near the Charles River at North Station

Peering down a gap on the North Station side of the river. Photo by Margaret Phan.

UPDATE: The Globe reports police have video that appears to show Marr falling into the river.

A Boston Police dive team and other searchers have returned to the Charles River near North Station, where crews searched last week for evidence related to the disappearance of Zachary Marr, last seen outside the Bell in Hand and the Boston Public Market on Feb. 13. Read more.

By - 2/17/16 - 1:17 pm
Crews searching Charles River near North Station

Searching the Charles near North Station around noon. Photo by Jennifer M.

Marr

NECN reports authorities are searching the Charles River near North Station for Zachary Marr, a Harvard resident who went missing after leaving the Bell in Hand early Saturday. The Globe reports police are searching Boston Harbor as well.

By - 2/13/16 - 7:16 pm
Frozen on the Charles River Esplanade

We're going to assume JB Parrett was bundled up for his walk along the Esplanade on the Charles this afternoon.