FRESNO COUNTY, California – A man was rescued from the Kings River on Friday, the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office said.
The man, who is in his late 20s, was taken to an area hospital following his rescue.
Around 1:45 p.m., a woman called Sheriff’s Office dispatchers to report a man, who was not wearing a life jacket, was in trouble on the Kings River.
He reportedly tried swimming across the river near the Pine Flat Road Bridge, just below the dam, the Sheriff’s Office said. Once he got halfway, the man began to panic and the strong current swept him away.
As he floated downstream, he grabbed hold of a bush and held on, waiting for rescuers to reach him. Deputies responded by vehicle, helicopter, and boat, but it was Cal Fire firefighters who reached him first.
Firefighters tossed throwbags to him, which he was able to grab, the Sheriff’s Office said. Firefighters pulled him to shore where they found him to be semi-conscious and breathing.
A SkyLife helicopter arrived, and the air ambulance flew the man to the hospital for treatment.
His condition is unknown.
The Sheriff’s Office is reminding residents that the Kings River from Pine Flat Dam to the Tulare and Kings County lines is closed due to unsafe conditions.