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Watch: Man rescued from rocky bank along Spokane River

Rescuer retrieved a man who fell from the south side of the Monroe St. bridge in Spokane Wednesday evening. (Photo: screen shot of video from KXLY)

SPOKANE, Wash. - Rescue crews worked to retrieve a man who fell from the south side of the Monroe St. bridge in Spokane Wednesday evening.

Onlookers from city hall saw the man falling and called 911.

Once he reached the rushing waters of the Spokane River, he was tossed with the waves, then somehow managed to make way to a steep rocky area on the northeast side of the river, where he clung for his life.

It is unknown whether the man fell or jumped from the bridge.

Rescuers made their way down the steep river bank to reach the man who was still conscious.

They eventually secured him on a stretcher and lifting him to safety with ropes. The rescue effort lasted over an hour before the man was transported to Sacred Heart.

The extent of the man's injuries, as well as what caused him to fall into the river, are unknown at this time.

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