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Good Samaritan, CR officer rescue suicidal man from Cowlitz River

Good Samaritan, CR officer rescue suicidal man from Cowlitz River

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A Good Samaritan and a Castle Rock police officer rescued a suicidal man who was badly hypothermic after jumping into the Cowlitz River near the city’s bike trail Wednesday afternoon.

Castle Rock patrolman Jeff Gann said he and others were looking for a man whose family reported him as possibly suicidal. At about 2 p.m., a person hiking along the river saw someone in the swollen and frigid river about a half mile south of the PH 10 Bridge.

The hiker called 911, then Gann joined him to grab the man and pull him out of the water, Gann said Friday.

The man was sent to hospital and was suffering from hypothermia, Gann said, but he did not know his condition. He said he could not release his name, but he appeared to be in his 50s. It was not known how long the man had been in the water, though Gann said it could have been up to a half hour.

Gann declined to name the Good Samaritan who joined him in the rescue, saying he was not sure he wanted to be identified.

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