Man with broken leg rescued from falls

Jul. 10, 2013 @ 08:14 AM

Just because the sun is shining doesn't mean popular local waters aren't still running at dangerous levels from all the recent rain, Collettsville Fire Capt. Larry Price said.

"It's just too high and dangerous now," Price said.

A swimmer at Wilson Creek had to be rescued Sunday, and on Monday a Lenoir man had to be carried out after breaking his leg while tubing on Wilson Creek.

The man and a companion were near Lady on the Rock about 5:15 p.m. when he slipped and fell approximately 20 feet, Collettsville Fire Capt. Larry Price said. He struck some rocks and briefly was pinned on the bottom of the river.

A person nearby flagged down an N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission officer, who called for help.

Collettsvile rescue crews arrived about 5:30 p.m. and used a rope system and a basket to bring the man to safety. Caldwell County EMS transported the 36-year-old man to Caldwell Memorial Hospital.

Price did not release the name of the man or his companion.

Price said people should wait at least a week to let the water levels subside before going swimming at Wilson Creek.