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Georgia deputies, firefighters plunge into creek to save man who jumped from bridge

The incident happened on the Oconee-Morgan county line on Wednesday.
Credit: WXIA

OCONEE COUNTY, Ga. — A 67-year-old man was rescued from a Georgia Creek by several deputies and firefighters after authorities say he jumped off a bridge into the water below on Wednesday.

According to the Oconee County Sheriff's Office, the man jumped from the bridge on Price Mill Road on the Oconee-Morgan County line on Wednesday.

Authorities said Sgt. Robert Elder - who is also an emergency responder with the county fire department - was the first one on the scene and into the water to help the man. Chief Deputy Weems was the second and, according to a post by the sheriff's office, also went into the water to help. Capt. James Hall, Cpl. Josh Dudley and several members of Oconee County Fire Rescue arrived not long after that.

Soon, they all worked to get the man onto a backboard, into a basket and up the hill heading out of the creek. From there, a local resident, Mark Martin, helped evacuate the victim using a utility vehicle.

Authorities said they won't release the victim's name and didn't provide information on his condition.


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