SUNHERALD TV: Bystander rescues man being swept downstream

Emergency personnel including the Gulfport Fire Department and American Medical Response responded Sunday to a near-drowning at Dedeaux Park on the Biloxi River in Gulfport, a spot that has been the site of several drownings and near drownings in recent years.

The victim, an unidentified adult male, was able to walk with assistance to the ambulance and was taken to an area hospital.

Bystander Tim Gibbs said he heard the man calling for help and ran to the water, where he saw the man being carried downstream by the current.

He said he swam to the man and pulled him to the bank of the river where others assisted.