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Man saved in 'unusual' high-water rescue

SAFD: Man fell asleep by SA River near Southcross, Roosevelt


SAN ANTONIO – As a result of Wednesday's storms, numerous high-water rescues were reported during the morning -- including one along the San Antonio River.

But it wasn't a "normal" rescue.

Around 10 a.m., rescuers were called out the the San Antonio River near Southcross and Roosevelt.

Fire officials said a man fell asleep on the banks of the river. When he awoke, the water had risen so high that he needed to be rescued.

Boats were dispatched to save the man, as it was feared he would be pulled under the fast moving river.

"Why was he in there? The story we are getting is that he fell asleep before it started raining," said San Antonio fire Capt. Roger Santos.

Santos said the as-yet unidentified man walked away with no injuries and was not taken to a hospital.

Meanwhile, the San Antonio River remained high for some time and a dangerous place to be. Trash and debris flowed unimpeded down the river.

"I've heard of people drowning over the years, but not a lot -- people are getting to where they are just staying out of there when it jumps up like that," said resident Danny May.

An esitmated two to three inches of rain fell in the area -- but it was the runoff from that rainfall that kept the river high.

By noon, the river had receeded significantly -- about two to three feet -- but from the debris left over, it was clear just how high the river was before.

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