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Fishermen Rush To Save Man In River

Published On: Jun 23 2012 09:51:02 AM CDT
Updated On: Jun 23 2012 09:51:58 AM CDT
ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. -

The quick action of two fishermen is being credited with saving another fisherman's life Saturday afternoon on the Watauga River.

The victim had been swept away by the river's current.

It happened in the area known as river bend along Blevins Road.

A Carter County Rescue Squad spokesman says the 39-year-old man was fishing upstream when the current apparently pulled him under.

Two men fishing down stream found him floating face down in the water and pulled him out.

Officials say when the men got him to shore he was not breathing, but they started CPR and he coughed up a large amount of water.

He was rushed to the Johnson City Medical Center; his name has not been released.