An inmate in the old section of the Dane County Jail (above) attempted suicide Monday night but was rescued by deputies.

A Dane County Jail inmate trying to kill himself Monday night was saved by deputies who cut him from a blanket he tied around his neck.

The incident happened at about 11 p.m. in the old jail in the City-County Building, the Sheriff's Office said.

"Deputies were able to promptly see the man using a blanket as a ligature, and immediately intervened, using a 911 safety tool to cut and remove the blanket from around his neck," said public information officer Elise Schaffer.

The unidentified inmate was conscious and alert during the incident.

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He was taken to the hospital for an evaluation then returned to jail, being monitored under suicide precaution protocol.

The inmate is a 25-year-old Madison man in jail since May on charges of battery, disorderly conduct and resisting.

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