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Passerby pulls groggy man from Batavia creek

BATAVIA – A mystery man is being credited with helping rescue a conscious but groggy man who was spotted floating down Tonawanda Creek Saturday morning.

A resident in the Walnut Street area heard someone moaning in the creek at about 9 a.m. and told her husband, who went outside and stopped a passing motorist.

“That person wound up diving into the water, grabbing the guy and pulling him out to the shoulder of the creek,” Batavia Fire Capt. Craig Williams said.

The rescuer, who apparently was both exhausted and chilled, quickly left the scene, while a neighbor waited for Batavia firefighters to complete the rescue.

“Nobody knows his name,” Williams said of the rescuer. “He got up and took off.”

The man pulled from the creek, who may have been in his 30s, was taken to United Memorial Medical Center, where he was being treated in the emergency room, fire officials reported.

Authorities don’t know the circumstances that led to the man floating down the creek.