Police Say Man Jumped Into Black River

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A Watertown man who jumped off a bridge was pulled from the Black River in Watertown Monday morning.

City firefighters were called to an area off Newell Street just after 6:30 a.m., where they found 44 year old Russell Spencer of Court Street floating in the middle of the river.

He was conscious, authorities say, but would not respond.

City police say Spencer jumped off the Court Street bridge.

Two firefighters waded out and helped him back to shore using ropes and a boat.

"The guys are well trained," said Deputy Fire Chief Russell Randall.

"They know this area of the river very well," he said. "Water levels are a bit low, so everything was really working in his favor."

Spencer was put on a stretcher and taken to Samaritan Medical Center, where he was treated for possible hypothermia.

Police have no comment about why Spencer might have jumped.

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Friday, October 24, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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