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Man Rescued After Rising Waters Trap Him on River

Waterbury Firefighter Rescue

A man was rescued after being trapped on the Naugatuck River. (Published Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016)

A homeless man was rescued from the Naugatuck river after he was stranded on a small strip of land, firefighters said. 

A video taken by a Waterbury fire official shows two firefighters traveling to the small island and helping the man with a few plastic bags into the inflatable boat. 

The man found himself surrounded by gushing water Thursday morning after he slept by the river overnight during heavy rain storms. The rising water and fast-moving current enclosed the man on the small strip of land with his belongings.

Waterbury and Beacon fire departments responded to Riverside Street in Waterbury late Thursday morning. The rescue happened just north of the Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge, Waterbury firefighters said. 

Firefighters deployed a rescue boat upstream and the man was safely brought back to land unharmed, Beacon Hose company said.