Crews rescue man who fell into Willamette River
Sunday, April 22, 2012
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Crews have rescued a 25-year-old man who slipped and fell into the Willamette River early Sunday.
Portland firefighters found the man clinging to a seawall and got him a flotation ring to stay afloat. Crews on a rescue boat then pulled him from the water. The man was taken to Emanuel Hospital.
The man told officials he recently arrived in Portland and was looking for a place to sleep near the water when he slipped and fell into the river.
Fire officials warn the public to be careful around rivers. Snow melt during the spring keeps waters cold, and hypothermia is a major concern.