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Man rescued from Mississippi River in Muscatine and taken to hospital after falling from barge
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Man rescued from Mississippi River in Muscatine and taken to hospital after falling from barge

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MUSCATINE — A man was rescued from the Mississippi River and taken to the hospital late Sunday afternoon after falling off a barge near the Grain Processing Center in Muscatine.

The Muscatine Fire Department was called to 1600 Oregon Street a little after 3:20 p.m. Sunday to a report of an individual who had fallen off a barge and was unable to climb out of the river, according to a city news release.

Firefighters launched a rescue boat and were able to pull the man into the boat and take him back to shore near the GPC facility, where other firefighters assisted in lifting him over a levee into an ambulance. He was transported to Unity Point Health – Trinity Muscatine for treatment, according to the Muscatine Fire Department.

The man was in the 42-degree water for approximately 21 minutes, according to the release.

"This was one of those low frequency but high risk events that we train for," Battalion Chief Ted Hillard said in the release. "There was a lot of wind which made the effort difficult but our personnel did a great job."

Muscatine County Search & Rescue also responded and deployed two boats, which were recalled after Muscatine Fire had the victim back on shore, according to the release.

The Muscatine County Sheriff’s Department and the Muscatine County Police Department also provided assistance during the rescue.

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