Man rescued from Niagara Falls hydro canal

fast flowing water

Niagara Falls firefighters rescued a man from the fast-flowing water in the city's hydro canal.

Emergency crews were called to the canal after reports of a man in the water near Thorold Stone Road yesteday afternoon.

Platoon Chief Peter Methner tells the CBC police and a team from Niagara Helicopters helped track the man as he was washed down the waterway.

Methner says a firefighter wearing a cold water immersion suit and harness waited until the man floated by, then swam out and grabbed him.

The man was conscious when he was pulled from the water and was transported  to an area hospital.

Methner says they had about 22 minutes to set up and make the rescue because the water moves so quickly.