The Manitowoc Fire Department was able to perform a water-rescue at Manitou Park early yesterday morning. Chief Todd Blaser says his department received an alarm at 7:45am for a person in the Manitowoc River who was holding onto a branch & screaming for help. The MFRD responded with an ambulance and rescue boat and found an adult male in distress hanging onto the tree branch near the river bank. The victim wasn’t able to hold on any longer and rescue personnel entered the river to keep him afloat while the Wing rescue craft was deployed. The man was then returned to the boat launch where EMS crews provided immediate care before transporting him to a local hospital. Blaser indicated the first 9-1-1 call came from a DNR worker performing a fish count Sunday morning & he should be recognized for his actions. He says, “if not for the call, the results of the successful rescue could’ve had a tragic outcome.” The chief also says Manitowoc Police Officers were an instrumental part of the rescue and successful outcome. He said it took only 10 minutes from the time of dispatch to the patient being cared for by EMS crews. Chief Blaser said it’s not known how long the victim was in the river.