Fresno search and rescue team retrieves dehydrated man from hillside, near San Joaquin River


A man is recovering after being found on the side of a hill, near the San Joaquin River.

Fresno Fire crews rescued the 54-year-old after they say passersby found him on a trail, near Palm and Nees Avenues in Fresno.

Fire crews say by his condition it appears he was at the location for possibly a few hours. At this time, officials still do not know why he was there.

Video shows several firefighters working to rescue the unidentified man.

“Some folks where down here, came down to the river today to enjoy the water and when they came down they saw somebody laying on the hillside,” says Capt. Carlos Perez with the Fresno Fire Department.

Fire crews say passersby spotted the man and called 9-1-1. They say ambulance crews arrived first, but because of the steep slope, Fresno Fire’s Urban Search and Rescue team was needed.

Video shows crews strapping the man into a gurney and using the fire crews large ladder to get the man down.

“The rescue team used their platform to place the patient on top of and bring him down to flat ground,” says Perez.

Firefighters say the 54-year-old man was transferred to Community Regional Medical Center. Because of the triple digit temperatures, crews says they were worried that the man could be severely dehydrated. 

Fire officials say it’s possible he had been on the hillside for a while.

“We just think that maybe he slipped and twisted his ankle or injured his leg,” Perez explained.

Last we heard the man was still at the hospital. But fire crews say this is a reminder that during these hot summer days to stay hydrated.

They say if you are out hiking or doing other outdoor activities to take breaks in shaded areas. Fire crews also say it’s always a good idea to let someone know where you go and a time to expect you back.

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