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Man rescued from flowing water in South Bay area of San Diego, taken into custody

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SAN DIEGO (NEWS 8) — A man was rescued Sunday morning after he became stuck in the middle of flowing water in the South Bay, and was then taken into custody by Border Patrol agents. 

A call came in around 8:30 a.m., according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department reporting a man was stuck on a tiny island near the intersection of Dairy Mart Road and Clear Water Way. The water surrounding the area comes from the nearby Tijuana River. 

Border Patrol agents on the scene tried to get the man to cross the flowing water on his own, but he said he did not know how to swim. It wasn't clear how the man got onto the island.

Authorities said he wasn't hurt and was in no danger, but wouldn't go back in the water.

Firefighters hoisted the man from the island onto a nearby bridge using a system they call the "life pulley system" in which they used ropes attached to their truck ladder to lower a firefighter down to rescue the man. The rescue took about an hour, according to authorities.

The man, as well as, rescuers and equipment had to be decontaminated following the rescue due to pollutants in the water. 

Firefighters said the man was not injured in the incident. Border Patrol took him into custody following the rescue.

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