Water Rescue in Grand Rapids


GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Firefighters rescued a man Saturday who jumped into the Grand River from the Fulton Street bridge and floated downstream to an island south of the U.S. 131 bridge.

The man, who reportedly jumped in around 2 p.m., suffered what appeared to be minor or no injuries, according to dispatch reports.

Grand Rapids Fire Battalion Chief Bart Perry said the man appeared to be intoxicated when firefighters reached him.

However, he was talking with firefighters and even “bragged about doing a back flip off the Fulton Street bridge,” Perry said.

Firefighters launched boats from a ramp near the fish ladder to assist in the rescue.

Firefighters wrapped the man, who appeared to be in his mid-20s, in a blanket and transported him back to the ramp for treatment. He was taken to Spectrum Health Butterworth hospital to be checked for possible hypothermia.

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