Water rescue team saves a man and his dog after their kayak overturns

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FRESNO COUNTY, California (KGPE) – The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office is detailing the rescue of a 66-year-old man and his dog back in August.

At around 5 p.m. on Aug. 26, the sheriff’s office got a call from a Lost Lake Park visitor saying saying a man and his dog were clinging to a tree in the middle of the San Joaquin River, yelling for help.

Deputies learned the kayak overturned while he was paddling downstream with his dog on board.

The sheriff’s helicopter, EAGLE One, arrived and found them in the middle of the river. The crew relayed information to the deputies on shore.

Members of the Swift Water Rescue Team deployed safety gear to them. Deputies first rescued the dog. They then retrieved the man and were able to safely get him to shore as well.

They were uninjured and both had life jackets on, the sheriff’s office says.

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