UPDATE: Milan Police now say the 50-year-old man rescued on Tuesday morning apparently jumped into the river as an apparent suicide attempt.
Police say at 5:35 a.m on Tuesday, November 12, 2013, a motorist passing over the bridge near the Sears Dam on Route 67, heard what sounded like someone calling for help.
Upon arrival, police located the man under the bridge, standing on a pier support pylon.
With the help of the Blackhawk Fire Department, authorities were able to lift the man to safety.
He was then taken to the hospital by ambulance.
Police say it's believed he held onto the bridge pylon for six hours before finally being rescued.
UPDATE: Police have identified the man pulled from the Rock River as a 50-year-old from Rock Island.Officials say the man says he didn't know how he got in the water, but he was hanging out on the island and ended up in the water.Police say a resident spotted him and called police.They estimate that he was submerged for around three hours.As he was put into an ambulance, police say unbelievably, he was conscious and talking.
ORIGINAL: Officials in Milan, Ill. say they have pulled a man from the Rock River, alive.The rescue took place off of Rock Island bridge over the river.They had used a crane to lower rope and a ladder to crews along the shore. Police believe he was in the water for around three hours. Officials say hypothermia is very likely.