Video shows deputies rescuing four people from the Kings River

Video shows deputies rescuing four people from the Kings River

LATON, Calif. - The Fresno County Sheriff's Office has released video showing deputies rescuing four people, including a 5-year-old child from a raft on the Kings River near Laton Tuesday night. 

Deputies said none of them were wearing life jackets. They added the group's raft was made for swimming pools.

Someone called the Fresno County Sheriff's Office around 7 p.m. Tuesday saying they could hear people in the river yelling for help.

The sheriff's office said the group was stuck in some trees, the raft had popped, and it was deflating fast.

Deputies with the sheriff's helicopter, "Eagle One" rescued the group by releasing a rope with a harness and lifting them safely to shore near Laton Kingston Park. The entire rescue took less than 10 minutes. 

Paramedics took all four people to the hospital to get checked out and treated. Their ages range from 36 years old, to as young as 5-years-old. 

"It's very dangerous," said deputy Greg Villanueva. "The water is running a lot faster than what it was running last year, and with the debris coming down the river, it's just pushing people."

"It was more luck for them," said deputy Michael Sill. "We just happened to be flying... right place, right time."

Tulare and Kings Counties said the Kings River is closed until further notice. Fresno County said the river is still open but they advise against going in.


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