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Firefighters rescue man struck in tree for 8 hours

January 25, 2019

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. (AP) — Firefighters in Connecticut have rescued a man who spent about eight hours overnight stuck in a tree he climbed to escape rising flood waters.

Willimantic Fire Capt. Scott Card tells the Chronicle of Willimantic that the man rescued at about 5:30 a.m. Friday had been stuck eight feet up since about 9:30 p.m. Thursday.

Fire Chief Marc Scrivener says the homeless man had gone to check on his campsite near a river when he became trapped by rapidly rising water caused by heavy rain and melting snow.

The man yelled for help all night and someone finally heard him and called 911.

He was taken to a hospital with possible hypothermia. His name was not made public.

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