A 21-year-old Central Point, Oregon man walked out of the water after he was swept from the jetty Thursday afternoon.

Crescent City Police Sgt. Ed Wilson said the man was on the jetty with the waves breaking over it shortly after he arrived on scene at about 2:35 p.m. Wilson said he tried to get the man’s attention with his sirens and lights, but he was already past the end of the B Street Pier and at about 2:45 p.m. was swept off the jetty into the harbor.

“Within just a minute or two we saw that he was up and walking around trying to get back on the jetty,” Wilson said. “He was knocked into the water, but very quickly we saw him up on the rocks. Instead of getting back on the jetty he decided to start walking on the harbor side of the jetty on the rocks. It was about a 10-minute walk before he was back on shore.”

Though an ambulance was requested and the man suffered cuts and bruises to his left hand, he refused transport to Sutter Coast Hospital, Wilson said.

The Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office had been notified of the man’s predicament and was readying a boat to go in after him, Wilson said. The U.S. Coast Guard was also notified and was preparing to send a helicopter from Eureka, Wilson said, but since the man made it out of the water on his own, any rescue attempt was canceled.

“He was just looking at the waves taking pictures and he realized he made a mistake,” Wilson said. “He’s lucky. He told me that he was swept off and landed in the water and he was able to get out of the water. If he had landed on the rocks he might have been banged up pretty bad and if he lost consciousness he would have drowned before anybody could get to him.”

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