Flomaton man found in creek

Thompson clings to stump for 10-plus hours; is rescued safe

Flomaton resident Martha Sansom credits God and a caring community for finding her brother clinging to a stump on Big Escambia Creek for more than 10 hours Friday night and Saturday morning.

"We had to pick him up at the emergency room but we could have been going to the funeral home to pick out a casket," Sansom said. "We were blessed. There were a lot of people out there working and a lot of people praying."

The saga began Friday night when Gerry Thompson, 33, didn't come home for supper.

"He normally comes home at dinner time," Sansom said.

She said her husband John had seen him walking aro...

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