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Medics work on the man who was in the St. Marys River on Monday afternoon.

Man pulled from Fort Wayne river

In critical condition at St. Joseph Hospital

FORT WAYNE -- A man was pulled from the St. Marys River by water rescue crews Monday afternoon after being submerged in the water for about 20 minutes, but was revived and was in critical condition at nearby St. Joseph Hospital, Indiana conservation officers said.

Fort Wayne firefighters responded to the river at Rockhill and West Main streets at about 3:05 p.m., fire department spokeswoman Stacey Fleming said.

Witnesses said the man had entered the water on the opposite side of the bridge from where water rescue crews pulled him out.

Crews responded within minutes, but could not find the man at the edge of the river, Fleming said.

At 3:26 p.m., the man was pulled from the river, she said.

Firefighters pulled the man, who was on a stretcher, onto a nearby grassy area and began performing CPR. He was then moved to an ambulance that left a short time later.

The man's name was not released while his family is notified, conservation officers said.

Fleming said the incident remains under investigation and it is not clear why the man entered the water.

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jcrothers@jg.net

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