Philadelphia police and firefighters plucked a man from a precarious perch surrounded by raging waters this morning in Northeast Philadelphia.

KYW’s Michelle Durham spoke with Lt. Andrew Napoli of the Philadelphia Police Department’s marine unit, who described the rescue performed today along the Pennypack Creek, at Frankford Avenue near Solly Avenue:

“He was fishing in the creek and the storm suddenly hit and he was trapped when the waters came. He took the only refuge he could take, which was on one of the bridge embankments.”

That unidentified man was successfully rescued after being secured into a harness and hauled up to the roadbed of the bridge.

Lt. Napoli says water can often be deceiving in its danger:

“Stay away from any areas that are along our rivers and creeks. Just stay away from the area. If you are driving along and you see water but you can’t see the road, don’t drive through it.”

Napoli says if you become disabled in the car in high water, don’t leave the car unassisted — wait for help.

(Photos from Chopper 3)

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