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Rev3 participants preparing for this weekend’s Rev3 Knoxville Triathlon were getting in a training swim and happened to be in the right place at the right time. According to a local report, a man had jumped from a bridge and was screaming for help. The triathletes were the closest to the man and helped get him to safety. See the story below:
Out-of-towners training for the triathlon helped save a man’s life.
Firefighters tell Volunteer TV if it wasn’t for the athletes in the water, a Sevier county man may have died in the Tennessee River.
Officers responded to a report of a male who had jumped from the Henley Street Bridge.
Knoxville Fire Department Spokesman DJ Corcoran says, “When we got here it was a little confusing. There were several people training for the triathlon that’s happening this weekend. We saw them swimming and thought they had jumped from the bridge also.”
They didn’t jump. They were only training, but those people were able to help.
Corcoran says, “There are several people here from out of town training who jumped in and saved the guy brought him over to the dock.”