Homeless Man Rescued From Chickamauga Creek

Chattanooga, TN (WDEF) – East Ridge rescue crews worked hard to save a man from the West Chickamauga Creek this morning. Officials say it appears the rising water swept the man from underneath the bridge where he was sleeping.

The man’s wife, who has been identified as Sandy Nelson, waited on the banks of the creek as rescuers made their way to the man. Crews could hear him shouting form the water as they worked to safely reach and rescue him.

The man was quickly taken to Park Ridge East Hospital where he is being treated for hypothermia.

“The water is up, it is up outta the banks.” said East Ridge Fire Chief, Mike Williams, “It’s moving in and around a lot of brush and areas that could cause entrapments… so we have to be very careful in a situation like this.”

Stephen Wright, executive director of the Chattanooga Regional Homeless Coalition, said during this time of year, especially when we have a lot of rain and cold weather, the best place for those living outdoors is The Chattanooga Community Kitchen’s 24 hour cold weather shelter.

“During the severe weather they usually have 130 and 150 people a night,” said Wright, “So that is  a safe refuge for those that are living in camps, in these areas that are dangerous. Especially around the creeks.”

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