Woman discovers injured man in creek behind her home

Posted at 12:24 AM, Nov 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-11 00:33:46-05

MOORES HILL, Ind. -- When Deanna Lanphier heard a shot and a scream behind her home Friday, she assumed it was an early morning hunting trip gone wrong. Stepping outside, however, she discovered something different: A disoriented young man trapped in South Hogan Creek behind her home.

"I said, 'Hey, are you okay?' And he said, 'No. Help me. I'm in the water and I can't get out.'" She said. "But he was too far out. He was just too far away."

So she called police, who paddled across the creek in a jon boat to rescue the man. He was then transported via helicopter to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

"He was crying, 'Please get me out of here; I can't feel my legs and I'm really upset,'" she said.

Lanphier said she still wasn't sure how the man wound up in the creek or how badly he was injured -- he told her, she said, that his car had broken down and he had fallen while looking for help. 

The important thing to her, however, is knowing that the man makes a safe recovery.

"It was just one of those things where you knew something was wrong," she said.