Sacto 9-1-1
December 3, 2010
Stranded fisherman cell phones Sac Metro Fire for rescue

By Matt Kawahara

Sacramento Metropolitan firefighters rescued a man today who fell into the American River while fishing, then dragged himself out and used his cell phone to call for help.

The man was fishing at Hagan Park in Rancho Cordova sometime before noon when he slipped into the river, where the water was cold and the current strong, said Sac Metro spokesman Assistant Chief Brian Rice.

Unable to get back to shore, the man got himself to an island on the river, used his still-working cell phone to call for help and waited on the island until fire crews responded, Rice said.

Rice said firefighters responded with two boats, a medic unit and an engine company.

The man was "obviously very cold and wet," but he was released by firefighters and returned home, Rice said.

Call The Bee's Matt Kawahara, (916) 321-1015.

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