November 10, 2019 | 1: 47pm
A man somehow wound up in the waters near the edge of Niagara Falls clinging to a log for hours — before he was finally saved in a dramatic rescue mission, officials said.
The unidentified 59-year-old was in the frigid Niagara River rapids for nearly two hours Thursday before rescuers were able to bring him ashore to cheers from tourists, news station WGRZ reported.
“I just kept telling him, ‘We’ve got help coming. I gotcha. We’re not going anywhere,’” New York State Park Police Major Clyde Doty said.
It’s unclear how the man ended up in the rushing rapids, but witnesses called 911 around noon for help.
Two firefighters waded the water to get the man, but he fought them and slipped out, officials said.
He was pulled closer to the falls, where Doty was able to intercept and grab him, according to authorities.
“I looked up river and saw him coming,” Doty said, adding that the man appeared to be suffering from hypothermia.
Doty said the man — who was wearing a lifejacket — was conscious but unable to move or speak coherently.
He was brought to Niagara Falls Memorial Hospital, where he remains in the intensive care unit in stable condition, WGRZ reported.
With Post wires