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A fisherman was rescued in dramatic fashion after being stuck at the entrance to a sluice pipe, having fallen into the water while crabbing in Connecticut, US. Holding onto him to ensure the water didn't sweep him away, his wife told Siri to call 911. Watch the video of the rescue below:

Because of the outgoing tide and powerful current, the man - who has not been identified - was in danger of being sucked into the hole and drowning. Thankfully, due to his heroic wife's quick thinking, two police officers responded to the scene and used rope from their patrol vehicles to bring him to safety.

The video footage shows the officers - who credit the fisherman's wife with saving his life - wrapping their rope around the struggling man while his wife held onto him.

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Eventually, they were able to lift him to safety - something they say would not have been possible had she not been there and able to place the call. It's most likely he would have been swept into the sluice pipe.

Credit:Guilford Police Department
Credit:Guilford Police Department

The incident happened early on Wednesday morning (24 June) in Guildford, a small coastal town about 15 miles east of New Haven in the US state of Connecticut.

According to a report by the Guildford Police Department, the fisherman's wife's phone was 'a significant distance away from where she was trying to save her husband and she could not let go of him', but she was able to use the voice-activated Siri feature.

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When she shouted: "Siri, call 911," the phone apparently immediately dialled and she was connected to emergency dispatchers. Police were then able to use a tracing system to pinpoint the woman's exact location.

"It is important to note that many of these sluice pipes exist throughout the state along the shoreline and inlet areas," the Guildford Police Department said in a statement.

"When the tide is coming in or out, the sheer force of the current prevents even the strongest of swimmers from swimming to safety."

Credit:Guilford Police Department
Credit:Guilford Police Department
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According to police, there have been at least three similar incidents in the same area in the past two years, and they're warning anyone who fishes, crabs or seeking to partake in any kind of water activity to avoid it.

The police statement continued: "This was a job well done by the victim, who stayed calm, his wife, who was able to call 911 and hold on to him, and the swift efforts of Ofc. Dillon and Ofc. Mastriano who were able to pull him to safety."

Featured Image Credit: Guilford Police Department

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Mischa Pearlmen

Mischa is a freelance journalist usually based in either New York or London. He has written for Kerrang!, Record Collector, NME, the New York Observer and FLOOD magazine, among others. Contact him at [email protected]