River Rescue: Firefighters pull man from river

POSTED: 6:36 PM Mar 02 2013
GREENVILLE, PITT COUNTY -

A man is in a Greenville hospital after a river rescue.

People walking on the Tar River boardwalk spotted a man struggling in the Tar River and called 911 just after 2:30 p.m., according to a news release from Greenville Fire/Rescue/EMS Battalion Chief .

Within five minutes, rescuers had launched their boat at the ramp off of 1st Street, Terry said.

Crews spotted the man 200 yards downstream, Terry said.

The river is swollen and has a swift current, Terry said.

The unidentified victim was found to be awake but in distress; rescuers had to get into the 45-degree water to get him to safety, Terry said.