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Jones Co. Man Rescued From Creek

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JONES CO -- The following is a press release from Jones County Public Information Officer Linda Cranford.

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After tumbling approximately 35 feet down a steep embankment into a creek, a Jones County man was rescued by volunteer firefighters.

At 5:20 p.m. Monday afternoon, December 9, rescue units from Glade and Powers Volunteer Fire Departments responded to 57 Adcock Lane in the Glade community.

Glade VFD Fire Chief Dan McKenna was the first to arrive on scene and the man's wife showed him where her husband had fallen down the embankment.

Tieing a rope to a nearby tree and with the assistance of Jones County Sheriff's Department Deputy Kyle Howell, McKenna was lowered down to the bottom of the steep embankment.  McKenna located the 64-year old man lying on the bank just out of the water.  "Hypothermia had already set in," said McKenna.

The man told McKenna that he was trimming limbs off the nearby tree for his goats, when he slipped and fell down the embankment.  "He said he went all the way under when he reached the water and that it seemed forever before he came back up to the surface," said McKenna.  "He didn't just slide down, he must have summersaulted down the embankment," added McKenna.

McKenna helped the man up the embankment to a level place.  When rescue units arrived, a 24-foot extension ladder was lowered down the approximate 75-80 degree angle embankment.  A safety line was tied around the man and he slowly climbed up the ladder with a firefighter right behind him.

"His legs started to cramp on him, from the hypothermia, just before he reached the top," said McKenna, "and they had to pull him up, until they could get a hold on him."

The man was immediately taken inside the house to warm up, and was checked out by EMServ ambulance service Emergency Medical Technicians.  The man refused transportation to the hospital.

"It's a good thing his wife found him when she did, and that he didn't try to float on down the creek," said McKenna.  "It could have been a different outcome."

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