Village News Staff
The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department requested assistance from the NCFPD in the recovery of a missing person found in the Santa Margarita River, Aug. 7 at 8:47 p.m.
A body had been found in some bushes in the river and SDSO requested help retrieving him out of the water. The call was upgraded to a full water rescue response when it was discovered that the person was still alive.
NCFPD PIO John Choi said crews arrived on scene and hiked out to the patient requiring a Stokes Basket rescue. After the rescue and 5-minute hike, the patient was transferred in an ambulance at 9:35 p.m. to a landing zone where Mercy Air was waiting to transport the patient to Palomar hospital with life-threatening injuries.
NCFPD crews were dispatched at 8:47 pm and were on route by 8:48 p.m. They were reported on scene by 9:03 p.m. and had the patient to the ambulance by 9:35 p.m.