Rescuers race setting sun to save duo stranded in tree surrounded by water, officials say

Two people got stuck in a tree, surrounded by water, about 300 yards from shore, according to California firefighters.

Two fire departments, a helicopter and Border Patrol then raced to beat the setting sun to rescue them at about 6 p.m. Feb. 10 in Jamul, the Chula Vista Fire Department said on X, formerly known as Twitter.

How the two men got there remains a mystery, but officials said their location was about a quarter-mile from Skydive San Diego, according to KGTV.

Videos released by the fire department show the sun sinking behind the hills while a helicopter circles overhead. Rescue teams contemplated their next moves from shore. Eventually, they sent a boat crew into the water.

Rescuers in the boat crossed the dark water. When they arrived at the tree, they were safely able to get the stranded duo out, firefighters said.

The two were then “brought to shore and evaluated for minor injuries,” according to the post.

Jamul is about 20 miles east of San Diego.

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