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Citizen rescues three men from cold Sacramento River water

Officials say none of the men were wearing life jackets but instead they were sitting in the raft.

Posted: May 11, 2020 9:04 PM
Updated: May 11, 2020 9:07 PM

REDDING, Calif. - Three men were rescued from the Sacramento River by a fast-acting citizen on Monday afternoon and the Shasta County Sheriff's Office is taking the opportunity to remind people they should wear life jackets and beware of the river's cold and fast-moving water.

Officials say they were called to the river on May 11 just before 5 p.m. for the report of an overturned raft, just south of the Highway 44 overcrossing. Those who called in said at least two people were in the water and hanging on to the raft.

Both the Redding Police and Fire Departments, CHP's helicopter and the sheriff's Boating Safety Unit were all called out to the scene where they say they found Doug Alcorn and three men, who he had rescued, in his boat.

Alcorn said he was fishing from his boat on the river when he saw the three men in the water. He was able to rescue the three men and bring them aboard his own boat.

Officials say none of the men were wearing life jackets but instead the men left them sitting in the raft.

While the three men - Ron Richter, Steve Rosenberry and Andrew Richter - were wet and cold, they did not need any medical assistance.

The raft had a rowing frame attached and the men had deployed the anchor while fishing. Officials say when the anchor lifted, the strong current pushed the raft, causing it to sink lower in the water.

Water continued to pour in as the anchor could not be released fast enough, eventually causing the raft to capsize.

The Shasta County Sheriff's Office said they encourage everyone to wear a lifejacket when in or near the water, as well as remind boaters to follow guidelines for vessel capacity.

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