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Logan softball field supervisor chases after home run ball and finds someone drowning in nearby canal

LOGAN, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - A softball field supervisor in Logan chases after a home run ball and stumbles upon a disabled man drowning in a nearby canal.
LOGAN, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - A softball field supervisor in Logan chases after a home run ball and stumbles upon a disabled man drowning in a nearby canal.

It was the second home run of the night and Bart Griffiths decided he'd run after another ball after all, he says, it's good exercise. He found the ball and then something else caught his attention.

Griffiths said, "My first thought process was somebody dumped some garbage. So I went to look closer."

When got to the canal, his heart stopped.

"I thought I had a corpse,” explained Griffiths.

An older man in a wheelchair had fallen face first into the stream.

"His legs were right here,” said Griffiths. “He was face first in the water right here."

Griffiths jumped into the canal and pulled the man out of the water. He had his cell phone and immediately called 911. The man, Griffiths says, was so weak when he found him he could barely lift his head out of the water.

"The paramedics speculated that he had maybe 10 to 15 minutes tops is all he had left to live,” Griffiths explained.

The man did survive, but had it not been for that second home run Griffiths says he's afraid to think of what could have happened.

"To be honest with you, we didn't have any games Thursday, this happened Wednesday, no games Thursday, no games Friday, Saturday and I don't think there's much traffic here unless somebody walking along the railroad tracks would have seen something, he could still be here today,” said Griffiths.
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