Lost teeth lead to rescue near Santa Rosa Creek

Fire crews rescued a man who had fallen near the Santa Rosa Creek early Saturday after losing his teeth down the embankment.

The man, a 47-year-old unidentified male, had fallen down the embankment but was not in the water when rescue teams were called to the scene near the Third Street Bridge on the south side of the creek at 5:40 a.m.

The man told rescue personnel that he had been on the bridge when his teeth fell out, but emergency responders said the man's moderate injuries were not consistent with a fall from the height of the bridge.

"I don't think he went over the side or he would have been way more injured than he was," said Santa Rosa Fire Capt. Jack Thomas.

The man was found at the bottom of a steep embankment so fire crews had to use a ladder truck, rope line and basket to haul him up, Thomas said. The man was transported to the hospital with moderate injuries.

Firefighters found the man's teeth and they were returned.

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