Ottawa police, firefighters perform ‘incredible’ water rescue near hydro station

The Ottawa Fire Service says a man was saved Monday evening as part of a dramatic water rescue near a hydro generator.

Just before 8 p.m., firefighters were called to a water canal under a Booth Street bridge, where a half-conscious man in his 60s was stuck in a current leading to Ottawa Hydro Station near the Mill Street Brewery.

Ottawa fire says several Ottawa police officers were holding on to the man, keeping him from being swept away by the current when firefighters arrived.

Firefighters could not get onto a boat to save the man, so one firefighter tied himself with a rope tethered to others onshore.

When the firefighter finally reached the man, he had to be taken out of the water by a basket and a system of ropes, operated by firefighters onshore.

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