2 Calif. Deputies Pulled from River after Trying to Rescue Woman

Feb. 26, 2024
Two Sonoma County sheriff's deputies were pulled from the Russian River near Guerneville after they had gone into the water to help a woman who was clinging to a bush.

A woman and two Sonoma County sheriff's deputies were rescued Sunday afternoon by the Sonoma County Fire District's swift-water rescue unit, according to officials.

At about 4:20 p.m., the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office received a report that a woman was seen clinging to a bush in the Russian River near Johnson's Beach near Guerneville, according to fire district Batallion Chief Mike Stornetta.

Two deputies who responded to the area went into the water to help the woman, officials said.

Rescue crews with fire district responded to the scene and were able to pull the woman into their boat and get her to shore, where she was rushed to an area hospital suffering unspecified injuries, Stornetta said.

He added that the boat crew then returned to get the two deputies who had gone into the river to help the woman and brought them safely to shore.

Details about why the woman was in the water and who alerted authorities to her presence were not immediately available.

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