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Man rescued from water near Ocean Gateway in Portland

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Man rescued from water near Ocean Gateway in Portland

PORTLAND — Police, firefighters and a taxi driver rescued a man who fell into the water near Ocean Gateway marine terminal along the Portland waterfront late Tuesday night, City Hall spokeswoman Nicole Clegg said Wednesday.

Emergency dispatchers were alerted about 11:30 p.m. by a caller at Bug Light in South Portland, who reported that someone was shouting for help near the terminal, according to Clegg.

Police responded and found the man in the water near the terminal's parking lot. With the help of a nearby taxi driver, they moved the individual to the rocks below the sea wall. Firefighters then used an extension ladder and ropes to secure the man in a basket and hoist him above the wall.

It was estimated the man spent up to 45 minutes in several feet of water, Clegg said. Ocean temperature along the city's coastline in late April is typically in the low 40s.

The man was transported to a city hospital for treatment from exposure. His name and condition were not disclosed.