Man rescued after being washed away inside his tent

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. (WYMT) - One man was rescued Sunday morning after his tent was washed away due to high waters in the Cumberland River in Williamsburg.

Williamsburg Fire Chief Larry Todd told WYMT Jerry Shadoan, 45, floated 30 yards downstream while asleep on an air mattress inside his tent.

Todd said Shadoan was set up close to the river next to a bridge.

Shadoan’s tent eventually got caught on a tree, waking him up. He called 911 with his cell phone and was rescued shortly after.

Todd said thanks to the Shadoan’s air mattress, he was able to stay afloat until crews were able to rescue him. Shadoan lost many belongings and was taken to a local shelter.

Todd said waters at the time were reaching more than 21 feet.

More rain in expected to come into the area throughout Sunday evening.

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