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Firefighters rescue man whose leg was trapped in boat propeller

JFRD at rescue
JFRD at rescue

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Rescue crews rescued a man Saturday morning whose leg became trapped in a boat propeller in the Trout River, just off of Tamarack Street on the Northside.

According to the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department, a swimmer was found with his leg trapped in a propeller. The Technical Rescue Team was called in to assist marine units. Crews worked underwater to disassemble the propeller to free the man, in what JFRD said was not an everyday rescue.

Eric Proswimmer with JFRD said the call came in at about 4:30 a.m. He said friends were holding the man’s head above water.

“Very scary,” said Shelby Callen, a witness. “I could not imagine doing that myself. It’s a miracle he made it out of that.”

The man was extricated and is being treated for injuries. According to responders, the man’s head remained above the surface of the water during the rescue, and the man was able to speak with crew members during the process.

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