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Man still hospitalized after near-drowning

MANCHESTER - A man whose son pulled him out of the Merrimack River after he fell into the frigid waters Saturday afternoon remains hospitalized in serious condition at Catholic Medical Center.

Wayne Trudeau, 58, whose last known address was 436 Granite St. but who police say was homeless, was drinking with friends on the banks of the river underneath the Granite Street bridge when he fell in.

He was swept almost 500 yards down river before his son, Shane Trudeau, 29, of Manchester, managed to pull him out at the boat ramp behind the Northeast Delta Dental Stadium, according to police Lt. Maureen Tessier.

She said Trudeau and others performed CPR on the father, who was later taken by ambulance to CMC.

Police continue to investigate how Wayne Trudeau ended up in the icy water, which carried him about 500 yards downstream.

District Fire Chief Al Poulin said it was a challenge getting down the steep embankment, then pulling the man back up on a gurney as EMTs continued CPR before the man could be taken to the hospital.

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