Crews Rescue Elderly Man From Riverbank

By: 13 News
By: 13 News

TOPEKA, Kan. - Shawnee Heights Fire crews were sent to a bank of the Kansas River in Topeka about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday on a water rescue call.

Officials say an 84-year-old man and his son were working in the yard when the elderly man slipped and fell 15 feet down the bank of the Kansas River. He grabbed a branch on his way down and landed on some rocks.

The man's son tied an extension cord to a tree and threw it down to his father to tie around his waist so that he wouldn't be swept away by the river.

Fire crews were able to successfully pull the man up the slope in a rescue basket by 1:30 p.m.

He was taken by ambulance to the hospital. His condition was not immediately known.

Shawnee Heights Fire received help from the Topeka Fire Department's Technical Rescue team.

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