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Sheriff’s helicopter rescues 4 people and a dog in San Bernardino and Colton

By in Press Enterprise on January 9, 2018

By Stephen Ramirez

Three men, a woman and a dog were taken to safety in two rescues by a San Bernardino County sheriff’s aviation unit Tuesday morning, a sheriff’s spokesman said.

The first rescue was near Terrace Road and East Foothill Boulevard in the Lytle Creek Basin area in San Bernardino, Cpl. Mike Ells said. A man was trapped on an “island” between two walls of water, Ells said. The aviation unit was able to use its hoist and harness to take him to safety.

The second was near the Santa Ana River at Agua Mansa Road and Riverside Avenue in Colton, Ells said. Two people were hoisted out one at time, followed by the dog. A third person was then spotted farther down the river and he was hoisted to safety as well.

All of the victims got trapped due to heavy rains that hit the area Tuesday. The rain has been causing flooding on local roadways. A flash flood watch was in effect for much of Southern California through Tuesday night, according to the National Weather Service.

  • A women is hoisted out with the help of a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s helicopter on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, in the Santa Ana River and near the borders of Rialto, Colton, and Riverside. 3 people and a dog were rescued by a helicopter after large amounts of rain fell, trapping the group at a homeless encampment in the river. (Stan Lim, San Bernardino Sun/SCNG)


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