CCFR: Good Samaritans rescue rower at Aurora Harbor

A local rower was rescued at Aurora Harbor after he bumped his head and fell into the water earlier this week, according to the chief of the fire department.

Good Samaritans fished the 63-year-old man out of the water and called 911, Capital City Fire and Rescue Chief Richard Etheridge said in a phone interview.

The patient, whose name was not released, has since been treated and released at the hospital, Etheridge said.

CCFR received the 911 call, reporting a possible CPR in progress, at about 10:41 a.m. Monday. When medics arrived on scene, the patient was conscious but dazed on the dock, Etheridge said.

The man had been rowing in a single scull, which is a rowing boat for competitive racing. Etheridge said the man was seated facing away from the direction he was travelling, and when he was rowing back into the harbor, he hit the back of his head on the gangway ramp.

He was treated on scene and taken to the hospital in an ambulance, Etheridge said.

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