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Posted on: March 30, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Elderly Man Pulled From Willow Creek


On Wednesday, March 30th, 2022 at 11:57am, Watertown Fire Rescue was called to the shores of Willow Creek behind Menards for a male that fell into the water.  During the time of dispatch, the male was reported as floating down the river.  Prior to arriving on scene, Menards employees had assisted the person to the shoreline of the river.  The person was swept downstream for about 100 yards before being pulled to safety.  The patient was treated for cold water injuries and had to be assisted up the river bank.  The patient was transported by ambulance to the hospital.  Watertown Fire Rescue was assisted by Watertown Police officers and Codington Dive Rescue was also initially dispatched to the scene.  Temperatures during the time of incident were below freezing and the gusty winds had a wind chill value of about 17 degrees Fahrenheit.     

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