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Rising waters force water rescue in Mayes County, according to Grand River Dam Authority

Posted at 4:46 PM, Apr 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-14 18:42:34-04

MAYES COUNTY, Okla. -- A man is back on solid ground after a water rescue in Mayes County Friday afternoon.

The Grand River Dam Authority performed the emergency water rescue after a young man became stranded just off the bank of the Neosho River.

The man was trapped after water levels began to rise after being released from the river’s power generation operation.

It took the aid of multiple unites to safely secure the man who was fishing in dangerous territory.

"They radiod the dam to turn the water off and just had him stand there on the rock until the water went down far enough for him to get off,” said fisherman Tim Roberts.

GRDA warns people ahead of time when water levels begin to elevate by sounding sirens signaling people to find safe grounds.

After nearly an hour and a half, teams managed to reach the stranded fisherman and escort him back to the banks.

No one was injured in the incident.

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