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Man rescued from Willamette River

Portland's newest rescue boat reaches man first

Portland's newest Fire Bureau rescue boat helped pull a man from the Willamette River on saturday afternoon.

It took just four minutes for the Eldon Trinity to reach the man, who apparently jumped into the river from a float between the Portland Spirit and the Hawthorne Bridge. The boat was dispatched from Fire Station 21 near the east end of the Hawthorne Bridge at 4:46 p.m.

Two minutes after the Eldon Trinity reached the man, rescue swimmers from Old Town Station 1, aboard personal watercraft modified for surface water rescue, arrived to provide additional support. A boat from Fire Station 6 is the Northwest Industrial area was also dispatched.

The man was transported to an area hospital. His name, condition and the reason he jumped in the river were not immediately available.

The Eldon Trinity is named after the two children who were thrown from the Sellwood bridge by their mother on May 23, 2009. Four-year-old Eldon Smith drowned. His 7-year-old sister Trinity Smith survived. Fire Commissioner Randy Leonard pushed to buy the $400,000 boat and station it at the eastbank station because took over 20 minutes for other rescue boats stationed farther away to reach the children. Trinity helped dedicate the boat on Dec. 7, 2010.

According to fire officials, the air temperature at the time of the rescue was 34 degrees Fahrenheit. The Eldon Trinity maneuvered alongside the float and the man stepped directly aboard. Firefighters cross trained at Emergency Medical Technicians aboard the boat initiated medical treatment for cold exposure without delay. The man's wet clothing was removed and he was wrapped in dry blankets.

The Eldon Trinity then transported the man to a dock beneath the Hawthorne Bridge and he was transferred to a Paramedic Unit for transport to Providence Hospital.