NEW ALBANY, Ind. (AP) — Southern Indiana authorities say a man who stowed away on an Ohio River barge was rescued after nearly freezing to death in frigid weather.

New Albany Fire Chief Matt Juliot told The (Jeffersonville) News and Tribune that the coal barge's crew called 911 early Tuesday, after finding the man hiding inside the vessel's hold.

The department said the man, who's reportedly homeless, was rescued by the department's fire boat with the assistance of the Louisville Fire Department and the U.S. Coast Guard and treated for “extreme cold exposure.”

The temperature was zero degrees (minus 17 Celsius) with subzero wind chills at the time of the rescue.

Juliot said cold-weather rescues are rare for New Albany's fire department, because it normally doesn't get so cold in the Ohio River city.