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Man lost 3 days without food & water rescued in Thurston County

A man who said he was lost for three days without food or water was rescued from the Black River in Thurston County on Monday, Feb. 12, 2018. (Photo: West Thurston Fire)

NEAR ROCHESTER, Wash. - A 42-year-old man, who said he was lost for three days without food or water, was rescued from the Black River in Thurston County on Monday, according to West Thurston Fire.

Firefighters received 911 calls around 5:30 p.m. after people heard a man yelling for help in the river, near 173rd Ave. SW in Rochester.

Crews from West Thurston Fire and the Thurston County Sheriff's Office arrived on scene.

They said the river's conditions and underbrush made it difficult to get to the man.

A sheriff's office dive team finally reached the man around 7:30 p.m. and pulled him into their boat.

Firefighters said the man was alert, but cold and unable to move. They performed hypothermia protocols on him.

He was then taken to a nearby boat launch and transported to St. Peter's Hospital in Olympia.

The man told firefighters he had been lost for three days without food or water.

No other information on the man was released.




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