Strong currents in the Delaware River near Chester forced the search for Floyd "Pete" Nelson, father of Orlando Magic basketball star Jameer Nelson, to be suspended this afternoon. Nelson was reported missing near the river last night.
"One of our divers was pulled [downriver] about 15 feet when we dropped him in," Chester fire commissioner James J. Johnson explained shortly after 2 p.m. "That wasn't too good."
The underwater search for Nelson, 57, was halted early in the afternoon. The plans were to resume the operation when the ebb tide slackened at around 3:30. Instead it was cut off at about 4 p.m.