Man rescued after falling off pier into Casco Bay

Posted May 01, 2013, at 6:55 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Portland police, firefighters and a taxicab driver rescued a man who fell into Casco Bay late Tuesday night.

The rescue operation began about 11:30 p.m. when Portland public safety dispatchers received a 911 call from Bug Light in South Portland reporting that someone was calling for help near the Ocean Gateway terminal, Nicole Clegg, spokeswoman for the city of Portland, said Wednesday in a news release.

When Portland police officers arrived, they found that a man had fallen from the pier into the water. Officers called firefighters to the scene.

Police officers and a local taxicab driver worked together to help the man, whose name and age were not released, to the rocks below the sea wall, Clegg said.

Using a Stokes basket, extension ladders and ropes, firefighters were able to secure the man in the basket and hoist him above the stone wall.

Rescue personnel estimated that the man had been in several feet of water for up to 45 minutes. The man was immediately taken to a local hospital for treatment for exposure, Clegg said. Further information about his medical condition was not immediately available.

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