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Rescuers pull man from river

A member of the Hastings Fire and Rescue Department grabs hold of a man Wednesday, July 30, 2014, just above the Vermillion River Falls in Hastings, Minn. HASTINGS STAR GAZETTE/Chad Richardson

HASTINGS, Minn. -- A man was pulled from a river in Hastings on Wednesday, preventing him from going over a dangerous waterfall.

About 4:15 p.m., a caller reported seeing a man in the water just above the falls of the Vermillion River. Hastings Fire and Rescue crews were dispatched.

It appeared the man had waded into the river and was considering going over the falls.

Eventually, a rescuer made his way to the man and grabbed hold of him to prevent him from going down the falls. Even then, the man resisted the efforts of rescue personnel.

Sharon Huppert was at the falls with her husband and saw the man in the water and called 911.

"We're just glad we saw him," Huppert said.

Chad Richardson

Chad Richardson is the news director for RiverTown Multimedia. He was the publisher of four RiverTown publications until 2016, when he was named news director. He was previously general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He worked at the Hastings Star Gazette from 1996 to 2000 as a photographer and reporter. He also worked as a photographer and writer at the Pope County Tribune in Glenwood.

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