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Firefighters rescue man in Willamette River

Man did not talk about how he ended up hanging onto a cable in the water

Portland firefighters pulled a man from the Willamette River Monday morning after passersby saw him clinging to a cable on a wall on the west side of the river.

Portland Fire and Rescue crews were called at about 10:30 a.m. when people saw the man in the river between the Burnside and Steel bridges. Firefighters from Station 1 used a personal watercraft specially outfitted for water rescue to pull the man from the water.

The man, whose name was not released, was unable or unwilling to answer questions about how he ended up in the river clinging to the cable. He was wearing pants and a shirt but no shoes and had no identification.

He was taken to Oregon Health and Science University Hospital for evaluation.