Lufkin first responders save man from drowning

LUFKIN - First responders tell us when they arrived to the scene they had to move fast, or 49-year-old Jimmy Taylor would have died.

A fire rescuer went underneath the bridge and placed a life vest on Taylor, then pulled him out.     

Taylor was taken and later released from the hospital this morning.

He says he has some breathing problems because of water inhalation, but he won't be spending anymore time underneath the bridge.         

“I am thankful to everyone who helped save my life.” Jimmy Taylor said.

Lufkin Fire officials tell us water rescues are rare but they constantly train firefighters to handle any situation. First responders tell us when they arrived to the scene they had to move fast, or 49-year-old Jimmy Taylor would have died.

A fire rescuer went underneath the bridge and placed a life vest on Taylor, then pulled him out.     

Taylor was taken and later released from the hospital this morning.

He says he has some breathing problems because of water inhalation, but he won't be spending anymore time underneath the bridge. 

“I am thankful to everyone who helped save my life.” Jimmy Taylor said.

Lufkin Fire officials tell us water rescues are rare but they constantly train firefighters to handle any situation. 

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