Canoeists aid rescue of man found in Kalamazoo River

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KALAMAZOO COUNTY, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - An unconscious man was pulled out of the Kalamazoo River Monday morning.

Kalamazoo Township got the call that a man was floating in the water near Kings Highway and the I-94 business loop.

Kalamazoo Township Fire Marshall Todd Kowalski told us the call about a man floating in the water came in around 10:45 this morning, from two canoeists.

Newschannel 3 was on-hand as crews pulled the man out.

Video obtained by Newschannel 3 shows rescue crews carrying the man through a marsh area near the river, and up the banks.

Canoers found the man wrapped around a tree in the water, and he was unconscious.

The canoers called 9-1-1, and were able to tell dispatch exactly where they were.

Kalamazoo Township Fire and Comstock Fire responded with rescue crews. They were able to walk down to the river's edge with a stretcher and get the man out.

Right now, we're unsure why the man was out there and why he was unconscious.

Kowalski says the canoeists should be praised for doing the right thing.

"The canoeists did an awesome job keeping his head above water, activating the 9-1-1 system, and just getting the information out that we needed to have," Kowalski said. "Without that information, it would have been an entirely different scenario. It would have been a recovery instead of a rescue."

The man was taken to the hospital. At last check, the fire department did not know the man's current condition.

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