VALERIE Kukla-Webb dived into the Schuylkill to try to rescue a man who fell or jumped in Monday afternoon and got within a few feet of him before he disappeared beneath the river's murky surface.
"I was probably about two strokes away," she said. "Then I looked back and he went under."
Police responded to call about a person in the water beneath the Walnut Street Bridge at 4:40 p.m.
As police marine units tried searching for the man, Kukla-Webb and Jonathan Granoff, two passersby who jumped in to try to save him, climbed out of the water and said they couldn't find him.