An unidentified man who public safety officials believe was intoxicated was rescued by friends after falling into Portland Harbor near Custom House Wharf late Saturday afternoon, a Portland Fire Department official said.

Deputy Fire Chief John Everett said the fire department dispatched emergency vehicles to the waterfront after receiving a call for help.

“He was out of the water by the time we got there,” Everett said. “He wanted nothing to do with us. He wouldn’t even let us check him out to see if he was OK.”

Custom House Wharf, where several bars and restaurants are located, has been the scene of previous drownings by people who were intoxicated. In July, an unidentified transient fell into the water and drowned. It was unclear what caused the man to fall into the water, but police said alcohol was most likely a factor.