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UPDATE: Crews fencing area where man fell in Cedar River

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A man was taken to the hospital after he slipped and fell in the Cedar River. 

Christopher Cory Sadler, 31, of Cedar Falls, was pulled from the Cedar River this morning. Sadler was downstream from the dam, next to the Ice House in Cedar Falls. He was able to get to shallow water near the railroad bridge and walk toward the shoreline. That's where first responders were able to use a rope to rescue him. 

The police scanner notes the moments before rescuers pulled Sadler from the Cedar River. Eric Blake was working when he saw police pull him in.

"They said somebody had fallen in the river," said Blake. "We waited about a minute, then we could hear the guy yelling for help."

Police say the man had been near a rocky slope next to the dam, when he came too close to the water and fell in. 

"He was maybe 15 yards from the shore, super weak... you could tell he about had it," said Blake. "They threw him the line one time, he grabbed onto it and they hauled him in."

Safety now on the mind of the city, crews were boarding up this area where now three people have slipped and fell in two months. 

At last check, Sadler is being treated at Sartori Hospital, but we still don't know his condition at the time. 

The area is open, but authorities are warning to take precaution near the river. 

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