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Firefighters rescue man from White River

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Posted at 5:20 PM, Jan 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-22 10:40:07-05

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indianapolis Fire Department says one man is lucky to be alive after he fell or stepped out of his kayak on the White River Thursday afternoon. 

According to IFD, the 28-year-old man was partially submerged for 15 minutes.  He was released from the hospital and is recovering at home.

Firefighters used a rope and a ladder to rescue the man. 

Before firefighters arrived, four people stopped to help the 28-year-old. 

The man told firefighters that he put his kayak in the water off the walking trail at River Road somewhere between Hamilton County and Broad Ripple. 

A press release from IFD said: 

"Indianapolis firefighters would like to remind residents that despite the cold temperatures we have had for the last week in Indiana that no ice is safe ice. Please stay off of and out of bodies of water in our area as the danger of a fatal outcome is too great a risk to take. It is very important to keep all pets and children away from the bodies of water and if a pet runs onto the ice, do not run after it. If you witness entry onto the ice or into the water, immediately call 911 and stay put. Keeping a consistent visual on the victim or pet is important information for first responders. Utilize the reach - throw method if you have a nearby available item such as a stick, branch, a rope or flotation device."

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