A man was rescued Tuesday from the Missouri River after he walked into the water behind Rick's Boatyard Cafe and went for a swim, witnesses said.
The man, who was not identified, was pulled from the water and onto the shore at 1:52 p.m., just minutes after the initial report came out.
Rhonda Skrivanek of Omaha was looking at the flooded Missouri River with her husband David and three family members from Sioux Falls, S.D., when she saw the man go into the water.
She said he was dressed in a white T-shirt, athletic shorts and black tennis shoes.
After the man was knee-deep, Skrivanek said, he fell down and started swimming.
Then he climbed over the fence into the Missouri River channel and floated on his back down the river until he was just south of the restaurant, she said.
By the time rescue crews arrived, the man had climbed back over the fence and was trying to stand up. Skrivanek realized something was wrong when the man couldn't stand up.
“He was wobbly and he couldn't walk,” she said.
Four members of the Omaha Fire Department put life vests on and deployed a rope into the water. The man was able to grab the rope and walk to rescue crews.
He appeared to have no injuries and was able to talk to rescue crews following the incident.
The man was taken to Creighton University Medical Center for evaluation.
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