Red Bluff homeless man rescued from flooded camp area

Mar 4, 2014 1:26 PM

Just after 8:00 a.m. the Red Bluff Fire Department responded to a medical emergency in the area of the homeless camps in the Sand Slough north of Antelope Boulevard.

Responders arrived to the east of the slough and met with the 41-year-old woman who reported the situation. She was complaining of hypothermia and stated that the camp had flooded, but said the primary emergency was for a man having severe breathing trouble.

Fire units were unable to initially reach the woman because she was on the other side of the slough and the Sacramento River. The incident commander requested a helicopter, but cancelled it when rescuers using four wheel drive vehicles on the west side of the slough were able to reach the woman.

When rescuers reached the man he was soaked, extremely pale, and unable to walk. Rescuers carried the man to a four wheel drive vehicle which drove him to an ambulance.

The woman who initially contacted the fire department was taken for medical help via ambulance as well.


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