Grass Valley man hurt in Yuba River fall |

Grass Valley man hurt in Yuba River fall

A 40-year-old Grass Valley man rescued by Nevada County fire personnel after he fell into the Yuba River is expected to recover from a leg injury, a fire official said Tuesday.

The man fell about 20 feet from a rock into the river under the Highway 49 bridge at about 4:15 p.m. Tuesday night, said Nevada County Consolidated Fire District Battalion Chief David Ray.

The man’s identity is not being released, said John Burgasser, public safety superintendent for California State Parks, Sierra District.

After his fall, the man was able to climb out of the water onto some rocks, and his brother called 911.

Firefighters from the Nevada County Consolidated Fire District and the North San Juan Volunteer Fire Department responded, along with a California Highway Patrol helicopter.

The helicopter was dispatched in case the man had to be flown to a trauma center, Ray said.

Firefighters used ropes to lift the man to safety, he said.

The man, who had suffered a possible broken upper-right leg, was transported by ambulance to Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, Ray said.

Monday’s incident was the first Yuba River rescue of the year in Nevada County, Ray said.

“It was a good one,” he said. “We just finished training for the entire department on low angle cliff rescue. The boys did well. We spent the last 60 days focusing on this kind of thing, then here it is.”


To contact Staff Writer Robyn Moormeister, e-mail or call 477-4236.

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