California crews rescue family from SUV engulfed in raging floodwaters


Fire crews in San Bernardino County, California, rescued a family of three from an SUV that was engulfed in floodwaters during a storm on Sunday.

The San Bernardino County Fire Department said crews responded to a rapid water rescue near Forest Service Road 1N33 and South Lytle Creek Road in Lytle Creek around 2:30 a.m. Sunday after reports of a vehicle stuck in flood waters with three people inside.

A family of three were rescued from an SUV in Lytle Creek, California on Sunday after raging floodwaters engulfed the vehicle.
(San Bernardino County Fire Department)

When crews arrived, they found the vehicle occupied in fast-moving water several feet deep, which prevented the SUV from getting to safety so the three people inside could get out.

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Crew members who were trained in swift water rescue geared up for the operation using specialist equipment before entering the waters and rescuing two adults and a child.

On Sunday, San Bernardino County Fire Department crews rescue a family from floodwaters

San Bernardino County Fire Department crews rescue a family from floodwaters on Sunday
(San Bernardino County Fire Department)

In a Facebook post on Sunday, the department said patients were being treated by paramedics. All three were uninjured, the statement said, and refused to be transported to a nearby hospital.

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The department also said none of the firefighters were injured in the rescue.

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“Heavy rain can turn normally dry washes and riverbeds into raging torrents in a very short time and it only takes 12 inches of moving water to move a vehicle,” fire department officials said. of San Bernardino County. “Never cross a road you can’t see because it’s covered in water, remember, ‘Turn around, don’t drown.'”


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