North San Juan firefighters, together with the Penn Valley Fire Department, were called out for a river rescue on the middle fork of the Yuba River above Englebright Lake Wednesday afternoon after a fisherman became stranded on a sandbar in the middle of the river.
A California Highway Patrol helicopter located the fisherman.
The Smartsville Fire chief, who was already on the lake, assisted and took a boat upriver all the way to the fisherman and helped him get safely to the helicopter.
The CHP helicopter had skillfully managed to land on a submerged shallow spot in the river just 100 yards from the stranded man. The fisherman was then transported by helicopter to Bridgeport, where medics from Penn Valley Fire were waiting. They determined there was no medical need, and North San Juan firefighters transported him back to his car.
Rescue 84 from Nevada County Consolidated and Cal Fire 2360 provided mutual aid.
Christoffer Montelius is an engineer with North San Juan Fire Protection District.