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Two men rescued from Arkansas River

Posted at 7:36 AM, Nov 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-20 08:36:55-05

TULSA -- Two men were rescued from the Arkansas River by emergency crews early Tuesday morning. 

Mike Burgess with the Tulsa Fire Department said they received a call about 2:00 a.m. that a man was stranded in the river. He said when they arrived the man had been in the water for about an hour near 3400 Charles Page Blvd. 

The man told first responders that he tried to float down the river on a piece of Styrofoam starting at Sandy Park but ended up getting stuck.

He was yelling and clinging to a pole in the river to avoid being carried away by the current about 50 feet from the shore. 

Another man ended up getting stranded trying to rescue the other male. 

A rescue team's initial attempt to get the men out of the water was unsuccessful. The swift water rescue team ended up being able to use inflatable boats to rescue both men. 

Burgess said they believe the men were homeless. 

He said the man who was initially stranded was taken to the hospital to be treated for possible hypothermia. They did not say if the man was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. 

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