Firefighters save man from cold temps at Toledo Bend

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SABINE COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - By Jeff Awtrey - email

TOLEDO BEND RESERVOIR, Texas (KTRE) - Sabine County rescue personnel saved a man Monday morning who apparently fell out of his boat at Toledo Bend Reservoir.

According to Deputy David West, William Joe Reynolds, 77, was in a flat-bottom boat in the Lowes Creek area which apparently overturned and he fell into the water around 11:25 a.m. People from another boat saw him and tried to help him back in, but were unable to do so.

West said he, the Pendleton Harbor Volunteer Fire Department and a game warden responded to the call and a firefighter swam about 35 yards to Reynold's aid, and helped him back to the shore at 11:45 a.m.

Reynolds was taken to a Hemphill hospital for hypothermia, then transferred to a Nacogdoches hospital. A condition on him was not immediately available.

Reynolds was wearing a lifejacket and was holding onto the overturned boat, but his body temperature was the main concern, West said.

West credited the VFD for their quick response and ability to get Reynolds out of the water.

"The response was great," he said. "They were right there and ready to go."

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