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They heard screaming from under a bridge. Man rescued from canal in central Fresno

Here’s how to stay alive and not drown if you fall in rapid water

With the Sierra snowmelt swelling rivers with cold, rapid water, Auburn State Recreation Area's Supervising State Park Ranger Scott Liske explains how to self rescue if you unexpectedly fall in.
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With the Sierra snowmelt swelling rivers with cold, rapid water, Auburn State Recreation Area's Supervising State Park Ranger Scott Liske explains how to self rescue if you unexpectedly fall in.

A man was pulled from a canal near Blackstone and Olive avenues on Monday night after bystanders heard him screaming for help.

Fresno Fire Department and emergency services were able to throw a rope to the man, who was holding on to debris just under the bridge, according to Battalion Chief Brad Driscoll. The man, who was described as being in his late 30s, was taken to the hospital in stable condition.

“It’s not a good situation to be in,” Driscoll said. “It’s hard for us to find you once you go under those bridges.”

It was unknown how the man ended up in the canal, but Driscoll said the incident should be a good reminder for people to stay away from the canals.

“The canals are running high right now. There’s a lot of water in the canals. It’s cold water.”

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