CAMPBELL (CBS SF) – A man who apparently purposely went into Los Gatos Creek in Campbell on Christmas Day was pulled from the water by a group of bystanders, according to the Santa Clara County Fire Department.

At about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, fire crews were dispatched to the creek near Camden Avenue.

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Firefighters found the man, whose name wasn’t released, on the creek’s steep concrete slope near a spillway in the area of Camden Avenue and the San Tomas Expressway overpass.

Rescuers pull a man to safety after he went into Los Gatos Creek in Campbell on Christmas Day, December 25, 2019. (Santa Clara County Fire Department)

Rescuers pull a man to safety after he went into Los Gatos Creek in Campbell on Christmas Day, December 25, 2019. (Santa Clara County Fire Department)

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“Bystanders, before our crews arrived, had gone in and pulled him out,” fire department spokeswoman Luisa Rapport said.

Firefighters used a rope rescue system to pull the man to safety, Rapport said. He was taken to a hospital with injuries that aren’t considered life-threatening.

Witnesses said the man seemed to have gone into the water on purpose.

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