Cal Fire rescues near-drowning victim from Yuba River |

Cal Fire rescues near-drowning victim from Yuba River

Cal Fire units, along with the Tahoe National Forest service and Truckee Fire Department, performed rescue procedures to retrieve an 18-year-old male who nearly drowned in the South Yuba River Sunday, according to Cal Fire spokesman Tony Peard.

“The Cal Fire helicopter did perform the rescue operation,” Peard said. “When we received the call he was already out of the river, I don’t know who pulled him out, but he was out of the water by the time we got the call.”

According to Peard, Cal Fire units received a 911 call around 2:45 p.m. Sunday of a near-drowning at the Yuba River’s Emerald Pool area, off of Bowman Lake Road in Nevada City. Ground crews from the Tahoe National Forest service, Cal Fire and Truckee Fire department got access to the teenager to begin patient care on land.

“The Cal Fire helicopter then performed a hoist operation, to extract the patient from the scene,” Peard said. “That’s where they hook the person up to a stretcher-like cradle, and then they lift them up into the helicopter.”

Peard said the patient was hoisted out of the area by the helicopter because the spot the patient was found in was a very remote area that would have taken a long hike out to an ambulance.

“They flew him down to Highway 20 where we had a Care Flight helicopter, that’s an air ambulance, standing by to transport the patient to the hospital,” Peard said. “And a Care Flight helicopter has a nurse on board so they can provide the high-level care and the quick transport to a medical center.”

Typical symptoms of a near-drowning victim include the interference of breathing and damage to the lungs, heart, brain and nervous system. According to Peard, though, the Cal Fire reports state that the teenager “was conscious and responsive once units made contact with him.”

Peard said the patient’s name and condition have not yet been released, but he says that air ambulances transported the patient to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno.

To contact Staff Writer Ivan Natividad, email or call 530-477-4236.

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