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Firefighters rescued a man after he was swept away in Belews Creek on Saturday (Nov. 30), said Chief Mick Fischer of the Cedar Hill Fire Protection District.

He said the fire district got a call for a water rescue at 5:41 a.m., after the man reportedly parked his car on Shelle Estates Drive by the low-water bridge above Belews Creek so he would not have to drive through floodwater.

Fischer said the man tried to walk across the bridge to his house but got swept into the creek.

Crews arrived on the scene at 5:54 a.m. and by 6:06 a.m., firefighters heard the man, who had made it out of the creek and onto the bank, calling out, Fischer said.

By 6:09 a.m. crews found the man, following his voice and the flashlight on his cell phone, Fischer said.

He said crews did not have to get into the water.

The man, who was in his 60s, was transported by Big River Ambulance District to SSM Health St. Clare Hospital in Fenton be treated for hypothermia, Fischer said.

He said High Ridge Fire Protection District assisted with the call.

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