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Cowlitz County Sheriff's deputies saved a man who was very cold on Monday, May 28.

COURTESY GOOGLE MAPS - A view of the Columbia River as seen from Kalama, Washington. A skinny-dipping swimmer was pulled from the middle of the Columbia River on Monday by local sheriff's deputies.

The Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office in Washington State first heard that a swimmer was yelling for "help" before noon on Monday, May 28.

Other boaters arrived first and tried to help, but the man told them to "go away," according to a news release.

Even after the police arrived, the man explained that there was nothing to worry about — he was just trying to swim across the river.

"God has my back," the man reportedly explained.

"After further discussion, the deputies were able to convince the man that he should come on board their boat, as they were in the middle of the Columbia River and the swimmer was very tired, and very cold," a news release reports.

The deputies said they did not know the man was naked until they helped him onto their boat.

The deputies transported the Kalama resident in his mid-20s to the shore, where he was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Authorities said he was very cold, very naked and had consumed a large amount of river water.

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