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Personnel rescue man found near the creek

June 3, 2011

An unidentified man fell off the dike into some heavy brush near Elk Street Thursday, although it was first believed that he might have fallen into Mahoning Creek. Rescue workers from Punxsutawney Borough Police, Jefferson County EMS and the Punxsutawney Fire Department prepare to carry the victim up the dike in a Stokes basket. (Photo by Larry McGuire/The Punxsutawney Spirit)

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney Borough Police officers thought they might have a drowning victim on their hands when they were called to a drunk and disorderly incident at the dike along the Mahoning Creek behind the Thomas L. Barletta Skate Park on Elk Street at 7:15 p.m. Thursday.

According to scanner transmissions, two borough officers discovered one man who appeared to be intoxicated.

After the officers subdued him, he revealed that there was second man he’d been with on the dike who might have fallen into the creek not far from where a young boy drowned recently.

Police, with the assistance of members from the Punxsutawney Fire Department and Jefferson County EMS, discovered the second man, who had fallen into some heavy brush below the dike.

The fall victim was carried back up the dike in a Stokes basket, transferred to a stretcher and transported by Jefferson County EMS to Punxsutawney Area Hospital for treatment of unknown injuries.

No further information was available at Spirit press time.

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