Pit River lowered to rescue stranded fisherman

Feb 4, 2015 11:34 AM by News Staff

A Shasta County fisherman who became stranded on an island in the Pit River Tuesday night was rescued after Pacific Gas and Electric crews lowered the river level to give rescuers access to the man.

According to the Shasta County Sherriff's Office, 62-year-old Randall Murdock was fishing on an island he had walked to, near Pit Dam 7, when the water began to rise leaving him surrounded.

The Shasta County Sheriff's Office Dive Team and CAL FIRE personnel were dispatched to the location. CAL FIRE personnel arrived on scene and placed safety personnel with rescue equipment on the shoreline in case Murdock went into the water.

Rescuers asked PG&E to lower the water level and the water receded enough for Murdock to walk off the island on his own.

Murdock was uninjured and did not request any medical assistance.

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