Dramatic water rescue caught on camera at Lost Lake Park


Fresno County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of two sisters stranded in the middle of the San Joaquin River Saturday afternoon.

Sheriff’s said two women, were floating downstream in rafts when one suddenly popped.

Due to the current of the river being too strong to swim in, the woman jumped off the deflated raft and grabbed hold of a tree.

The other woman abandoned her raft and made her way to the same tree for safety. 

According to Fresno County spokesman Tony Botti, deputies assigned to the Air Support Unit immediately responded to the call in EAGLE One helicopter. 

Deputies onshore contacted a relative of the women to try and determine exactly where they were stranded. 

Deputies relayed the information to our helicopter crew who found the women in the middle of the river. 

Eagle One pilot hovered the helicopter above the victim and dropped a rope with a cinch collar attached to it down to one of the women. 

She was able to wrap the collar around her body and the helicopter lifted her out of the water and carried her a short distance to shore where she was safely set on the ground. 

Deputies circled back with the helicopter and performed the same procedure to safely rescue the other woman. 

Members of Cal Fire Fresno County and EMS personnel who were at the scene evaluated both women and released them neither were injured. 

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