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Man Rescued From Westport’s Saugatuck River

WESTPORT, Conn. – A man was rescued from the Saugatuck River Wednesday night by Westport police and firefighters after he fell in near the Levitt Pavilion, police and fire officials said. Police did not release the man's name.

Shortly after 10 p.m., a woman called 911 and reported that a friend fell into the river, Westport Police Sgt. Jill Ruggiero said in a news release. Initially, the woman reported that he fell into the river behind Parker Harding Plaza, but later said it was near the Riverwalk, which runs adjacent to the Levitt Pavilion/library. The woman also reported that the man had fallen in at approximately 7 p.m. and had been trying to get out ever since.

Police and firefighters located the man about 250 yards from the Levitt. Firefighter Joe Arnson entered the water off Imperial Avenue and began to bring the victim to shore.  Westport Marine Police Officer Robert Myer responded in one of the Marine Division’s inflatable boats and transported the victim to shore.

The man was treated by Westport EMS for early signs of hypothermia, Assistant Fire Chief John Plofkin, Jr. reported.

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