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(Neb)-NPPD Worker Saves Man In Canal

By: John Axtell Posted at: 12/21/2017 10:43 PM
OGALLALA, Neb. - A Nebraska Public Power District employee is credited with saving a 70-year old man who'd fallen into an NPPD canal downstream from Lake McConaughey on Tuesday, although emergency response personnel from across Keith County were needed to complete the rescue.

     . Keystone-Lemoyne Fire Chief Ralph Moul says the older man had gone into the water to get his dog after it had fallen in, but couldn't get out because of the steepness of the lined banks and the moss-covered sides below the water line.

      He was discovered about 3-1/2 miles east of Keystone by the 30-year old NPPD employee. The utility worker called for help, then secured a buoy with rope to a hitch on his truck and lowered himself into the canal where he grabbed the man and held on until help arrived.

     Chief Mouls says a rope rescue system was set up on the top of the bank and rescuers in cold water survival suits went down into the water, hooked up both men with harnesses, and brought them out.

      Both men showed signs of hypothermia from the water. The 70-year old, who'd been in the water about 40-minutes, was flown by helicopter ambulance to a hospital in North Platte where he was listed in very serious condition. The NPPD worker was in good condition after being driven to the Ogallala Hospital by ambulance

,    Chief Moul says the Ogallala and Paxton rescue crews responded along with personnel from the Keith County Sheriff's Office, Nebraska Game and Parks, and NPPD as well as the Great Plains Health Services medical helicopter


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