Man rescued from fast-moving water in San Luis Rey River

OCEANSIDE, Calif. (FOX5/KUSI) — A man was rescued from fast-moving water in San Luis Rey River Friday night, said the Oceanside Fire Department (OFD).

Around 9 p.m., OFD was called out for a swift water rescue response in the upstream of the College Bridge. Witnesses saw a man move away from the shore into deeper water, and he was seen neck-deep floating downstream.

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Responding crews, along with offices from the Oceanside Police Department and Swift Water Teams from the Oceanside Lifeguard Division, located the man standing waist-deep in fast-moving water. A police drone was used to find his location.

OFP said the man was about 30 yards from the south bank of the river. It was reported that the victim was able to make his way to the opposite side of the river, where he walked with assistance to medical crews.

“In addition to the danger of the fast-moving water, rescuers were concerned for the effects of cold exposure on the victim,” OFD stated. “The patient was turned over to an Oceanside paramedic ambulance for warming measures, medical treatment, and transport to a North County hospital for further treatment.”

OFD warned the public that fast-moving water can quickly overtake even the strongest swimmer. During times of heavy rain fall, like recent storms, entry into rivers and streams should be avoided, officials said.

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