Late-night fisherman rescued from banks of Salmon Falls River

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ROCHESTER - Rochester Fire and Police responded to Periwinkle Drive on Monday after a man fishing in the Salmon Falls River got lost and became stuck in the mud as darkness fell.

Rochester Police dispatch first became aware of the man's plight around 9:10 p.m. when a Periwinkle Drive resident called to say she could hear a man yelling from the river down a steep embankment near her home. Safety officials weren't sure whether he was on the Rochester or Lebanon, Maine, side of the river, so Rochester Police and Fire both responded, while Maine State Police were also called to the scene.

Rochester Fire began prepping their boat for a water rescue, but it was later called off when responders on the ground saw that a boat would not be of much help the way the man was stranded.

Fire command then opted for what was described in dispatch reports as a "lengthy" extraction.

Two firefighters with their gear went over the steep embankment. Soon after they removed the victim to the shore and were now attempting to lift him up a 90-foot embankment, dispatch reports noted.

Soon after both the victim and the two firefighters were out of harm's way. Rochester Police confirmed today that the victim was uninjured.

Rochester Fire was not immediately available for comment.

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