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FWC rescues man on Wakulla River

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Staff Report

A state Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officer rescued a man floating on the Wakulla River on a pool float who suffered some sort of medical emergency and lost consciousness and went underwater. 
FWC Officer Morales was conducting vessel patrol on the Wakulla River near the Mysterious Waters community on Sunday, May 13 at about 5:30 p.m. when he saw an individual floating down the river on a pool float. As he was setting off to check on the subject, a group of people on the dock shouted that the man needed help immediately.
Officer Morales could see that the man was showing signs of distress. He arrived and quickly provided aid by throwing two life jackets to the man. The individual was unable to grab or hold onto them. As the man appeared to slip into unconsciousness and go underwater, Morales jumped into the water and swam to the man. He pulled him above the surface and the man regained consciousness and complied with instructions. Morales held the man above water until officers Hughes and Sauls arrived to help shortly afterwards.
Together, they pulled the victim onto a patrol vessel and returned him to the dock where he was evaluated and treated by EMS.