Man Rescued From Swollen River Near Memphis

Posted at 3:12 PM, Jan 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-05 16:12:19-05

A fire official said a man has been rescued after his boat capsized on the swollen Loosahatchie River in Shelby County.

Memphis fire spokesman Wayne Cooke told WMC-TV the man hung on to trees as he waited to be rescued after his boat overturned near a bridge on the river Tuesday. Cooke said the man was rescued safely.

The Loosahatchie, like other Mississippi River tributaries in West Tennessee, has been above flood stage in sections of the county due to high water levels on the Mississippi. The National Weather Service reported the Loosahatchie's water level was 30.1 feet -- about three feet higher than flood stage -- in the Frayser area on Tuesday.

However, it was not immediately clear whether the capsizing was caused by the high water.