Linn County Metro

Man rescued from Cedar River Wednesday morning

Firefighters found him clinging to Second Avenue Bridge

Engine 1 pulls out of the Cedar Rapids Central Fire Station on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, in Cedar Rapids. (Gazette file photo)
Engine 1 pulls out of the Cedar Rapids Central Fire Station on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, in Cedar Rapids. (Gazette file photo)

CEDAR RAPIDS — A man was hospitalized after being rescued from the Cedar River Wednesday morning.

Cedar Rapids public safety spokesman Greg Buelow said firefighters were called to the Second Avenue Bridge at 6:34 a.m. for a person in the water needing rescue. Responding firefighters met with police, who said a man was hanging on to the bridge.

Buelow said firefighters were successful in swinging a life jacket via rope to the man and he was able to put it on. Responders deployed a boat and the man was taken ashore, Buelow said.

The man was taken to UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s Hospital after the incident, Buelow said.

No information was provided as to the circumstances that led to the man being in the water.

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