Firefighters rescued a swimmer who became stranded Thursday night while attempting to swim across the Grand River in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
WZZM reported that witnesses say the man was drinking and arguing with his girlfriend when he decided to attempt the swim (http://on.wzzm.com/K6GVUK). He was about three-quarters of the way across when he started suffering from exposure to the cold water and called for help.
A member of the Grand Rapids Fire Department water rescue team pulled the victim onto his jet ski and took him to shore, where paramedics were waiting. They say he was likely suffering from hypothermia despite the warm temperatures on land.
Rescuers believe alcohol was a factor in the man attempting the swim in the first place.
For firefighter training articles on water rescue topics, consider The Use of Airboats in Ice and Water Rescue Emergencies, ADAPTING APPARATUS FOR HIGH-WATER RESCUE AND EVACUATION, and SWIFTWATER RESCUE TACTICS PART 1: LOW-RISK OPTIONS.