• Police: Man gets stranded on Lake Eola fountain after stolen swan boat drifts away

    By: Jason Kelly


    ORLANDO, Fla. - Firefighters rescued a man early Friday who was stranded on Lake Eola's iconic Linton E. Allen Memorial Fountain after the swan-shaped paddle boat he stole went adrift, the Orlando Police Department said.

    Police said they were called to the Post Parkside apartments shortly after 3:45 a.m. for an unknown trouble call after a person reported that a man was standing on the fountain and was shouting for help.

    Photos: Man stranded on Lake Eola fountain

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    Firefighters donned dry suits and used a different city-owned boat to rescue the stranded man from downtown Orlando's centerpiece, investigators said.

    Channel 9's Ty Russell was the only reporter at the scene during the rescue.

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    Police said the man, whose identity hasn't been released, was taken to a hospital to be assessed.

    He was visibly wet and shivverring when he was rescued. 

    Firefighters said he might have been under the influence of something.

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    The city said it it still investigating how the man got a swan boat and a vest from a fenced in area that's locked and secured every night. 

    No other details were given.

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