Be Careful Out There

Another reminder of how dangerous the American River can be comes to us from this story in the Sacramento Bee about two men rescued after challenging the frigid and rushing water.

An excerpt.

Two men, described as young adults, were rescued Wednesday afternoon after they became fatigued while trying to swim across the American River.

Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District crews responded about 3 p.m. to a possible flowing water rescue in the area of the San Juan Rapids. Fire district spokeswoman Capt. Michelle Eidam said the two men had tried to swim across the river and became tired. Each made it to shore, one on the north side of the river, near the New York Avenue access, and the other on the south side, near the El Manto access. Both, however, were in areas that were inaccessible by foot, making it necessary to bring them out by boat.

She said the two were taken to the Rossmoor Bar area, where they were met by paramedics. One was suffering from extreme fatigue, and the other had inhaled a significant amount of water, she said. One of the men was taken to an area hospital for treatment.

Retrieved June25, 2015 from


About David H Lukenbill

I am a native of Sacramento, as are my wife and daughter. I am a consultant to nonprofit organizations, and have a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Behavior and a Master of Public Administration degree, both from the University of San Francisco. We live along the American River with two cats and all the wild critters we can feed. I am the founding president of the American River Parkway Preservation Society and currently serve as the CFO and Senior Policy Director. I also volunteer as the President of The Lampstand Foundation, a nonprofit organization I founded in 2003.
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