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Hernando Firefighters Rescue Man on Weeki Wachee River

Hernando Fire | Marine Rescue | TB Reporter

He had been reported missing after walking down to the river, Hernando firefighters say.

WEEKI WACHEE – Firefighters rescued a man after he was reported missing near the Weeki Wachee River, according to Hernando County Fire Rescue.

The 27-year-old man, whose name was not released, was found in an “altered state of consciousness” in the water. He was taken to Oak Hill Hospital in stable condition.

Firefighters said they were called about 11 p.m. Thursday (April 9) for a report of a missing man on the Weeki Wachee. Friends said he had walked down to the river and when he had not returned after about 10 minutes, they searched for him. When they could not find him, they call for help.

Firefighters launched the department’s Marine 6 rescue boat at Rogers Park and worked with the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office air unit to search the river.

After about 35 minutes the man was found in the water and rescued by the Marine 6 crew. Firefighters said he was stable when discovered but was in an “altered state of consciousness.”

Marine 6 is housed at Hernando County Fire Rescue’s Hernando Beach Station No. 6. It has answered a variety of calls both along Hernando shores and on the river. This is Marine 6’s first rescue since being placed into service.

PHOTO COURTESY OF HERNANDO COUNTY FIRE RESCUE.

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