Man pulled from Arkansas River in south Wichita

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WICHITA, Kansas – Emergency crews pulled a man from the water Friday morning in south Wichita.

The man was spotted floating on a noodle near the Douglas Street bridge by a police officer.

“He had both hands extended over his head waving back and forth crisscrossing them on what we determined to be a universal distress signal,” said Sgt. Mark Jackson, Wichita Police Department.

Officers called the fire department for help.

As it progressed, the man kept floating down the river across the Lincoln Street dam.

“The man refused to come out of the water after repeated commands by the police and firefighters both,” said Jackson.

Eventually, he was taken out by the Wichita Fire Department’s water rescue boat near the Broadway Street bridge.

“Fire convinced him that he needed to come out of the water. He got in the boat voluntarily,” Jackson added.

He was arrested and taken into custody.

“We have a standing city ordinance that the river is not to be wading or swimming through the City of Wichita,” said Jackson. “It is part of the Park Department’s ordinance. When you disobey the police, there are consequences for that also.”

Police said the man had several warrants out for his arrest.

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