Coast Guard Pulls Man from Chilly Chicago River

Sunday, Mar 20, 2011  |  Updated 4:00 PM CDT
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Routine patrol turns into life-saving rescue Sunday morning.

Routine patrol turns into life-saving rescue Sunday morning.

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A routine patrol turned into a life-saving rescue Sunday morning on the Chicago River.

A U.S. Coast Guard boat was on patrol in the area of Dusable Harbor, near Randolph Street downtown, when the saw a man jump into the water from a bridge, ChicagoBreakingNews.com reported.

The Coast Guard crew was quickly able to pull the man from the 41-degree water and take him to paramedics. 

Video from the scene shows the man walking on his own into the ambulance.

A Coast Guard spokesman said the man is lucky -- a person can't survive for very long at all in water that temperature.

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