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Man rescued from Black River in Springfield

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A man was rescued from Black River in Springfield Tuesday morning. Fire and rescue crews were able to get him safely to shore after fighting the rising water.

Michael Barror, a Springfield resident, couldn't believe what he was seeing. 

"It was crazy," said Barror.

It was a man in the middle of the Black River in Springfield looking like he was unable to swim to shore. 

"I was thinking it was a little cold to go for a swim," said Barror. 

The Springfield Fire Department responded to the 911 call Tuesday morning. Fire Chief Russell Thompson immediately started coordinating a rescue. 

"A gentleman who was at that point finding himself on a rock about 70 feet in a swift water area," said Thompson. 

Hartford Swiftwater Rescue and Springfield Rescue teams were called in to help. Thompson says the high water level from rain and melting snow made it difficult for rescuers to reach the man in need. 

"There was 18 to 24 inches over the rock set near where he was perched," said Thompson.

According to an eyewitness, the man who was rescued left Springfield Health Center at 7 a.m. Tuesday, at which point he climbed over a railing and jumped into the water. It took rescue teams nearly two hours to get him back on dry land.

"They strung a line across, and they went out with a boat, went across went down through and they gave him a life jacket and he put it right on, he didn't hesitate," said Barror.

Officials have not yet identified the rescued man or why he was out in the water. He is now recovering at Springfield Hospital. 

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