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Vt. man rescued after jumping naked into river

May 30, 2011

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BURLINGTON, Vt.—Police in Vermont say a 40-year-old man who jumped naked off the Winooski River bridge between Burlington and Winooski went over a dam and was swept about a mile downstream before he was rescued three hours later

The man jumped just after dawn Sunday prompted a massive search along the flood-swollen Winooski River by two Colchester Technical Rescue vessels, the Stowe Mountain Rescue swift water team, the U.S. Coast Guard and the Winooski Fire Department.

The search began about 6:30 a.m. Sunday after a vehicle was found abandoned with its hazard lights flashing on the Winooski Bridge.

The man's name was not released.

The Burlington Free Press says he was taken to Fletcher Allen Health Care for treatment. His condition was unavailable.

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Information from: The Burlington Free Press, http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com