Personnel from the High Ridge Fire Protection District rescued a man in his 20s after he jumped off the bluffs into the Big River at Rockford Beach in House Springs on Wednesday evening (July 21).
Capt. John Barton said the man suffered non-life threatening injuries after he jumped off the bluff.
Barton said he believes the man hit debris on the river bottom, which caused his injuries.
The man was swimming with two friends, also in their 20s, when he was injured.
Barton said crews were dispatched at 7:31 p.m. and arrived on the scene at 7:35 p.m. He said the man was across the river lying on the shore and one of the district’s boats had to be put into the water with rescue swimmers and medical personnel.
Barton said the man placed into a Big River Ambulance by 8:08 p.m. and was taken to Mercy Hospital South in south St. Louis County.
An update on his condition was not available.
Crews were assisted by the Cedar Hill and Eureka fire protection districts and the Big River Ambulance District.
Barton said this is the district’s fifth water-related emergency at Rockford Beach this year.
County parks officials have said the area is not meant for swimming or wading and signs are posted warning park patrons of the dangers.