Teenage Boy Drowns in Creek

Officials have identified the teenage boy who drowned in a creek in the Juniata Park section of the city on Monday. 

Officials say 15-year-old boy Ruben Polanco was with two friends inside Tacony Creek near Fishers Lane and Wyoming Avenue around 5:30 p.m.

As they crossed under a bridge in 10-feet of water, Polanco, who did not know how to swim, began to panic and went under. The friends told police they reached out for him a few times but lost their grip. He then disappeared into the water.

Police and fire rescue quickly responded to the scene. SkyForce10 was above the water as crews pulled Polanco out around 6 p.m. He was pronounced dead at 6:13 p.m.

With the summer just beginning, police warn children and adults to stay out of the creeks, despite the warm weather.

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