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66-year-old man air lifted to hospital, after slipping on dock and falling, unconscious, into Mississippi



DE SOTO, Wis., — A 66-year-old man needed CPR, after being rescued out of the Mississippi River at Blackhawk Park.

Getting out of his boat Saturday afternoon, the Westfield, Wis., man slipped, hit his head on the dock — which knocked him unconscious — and fell into the river.

Multiple people, including family, jumped in to rescue him. Wheatland Fire Chief David Hobbs happened to be launching his boat at the landing, when everything happened.

He performed first aid and coordinated the rescue effort.

A Tri-state Ambulance crew managed to stabilized the man, before taking him to a nearby landing zone, where he was flown by Gundersen Air to Gundersen Health System in La Crosse.

No update from the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office new release on the man’s status.

Also responding to the incident were Wheatland Fire Dept. first responders and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Ranger Service.

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  1. Sheena Mike

    August 2, 2021 at 2:51 pm

    I would like to add in that the Man’s wife along with the help of a nursing student, pulled the man out and started CPR which saved his life.

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