Find Out Why a Helicopter was Buzzing Around Watertown Friday

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A Massachusetts State Police helicopter joined the search for someone reportedly in the Charles River Friday night.

“We got a report that someone fell or jumped into the river,” said Watertown Deputy Fire Chief Dan Tardiff. “We searched the river with State Police and with units on the shore. We didn’t find anyone.”

Authorities got a report of someone who fell or jumped into the river after 7 p.m. Friday. The Watertown Fire Department deployed its small boat, called Marine 1, and was joined by a State Police boat, Watertown Police and a helicopter from the State Police.

“They have infrared on the helicopter so they can search the river much faster than we can,” Tardiff said.

The search went from the North Beacon Street Bridge to the Cambridge line, Tardiff said.

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