Sacto 9-1-1
March 31, 2011
Fire crews rescue seven men from American River

By Matt Kawahara

Fire crews rescued seven men on the American River this afternoon after their barge hit a tree and capsized near Sunrise Boulevard in Fair Oaks, a Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District spokesman said.

The seven men -- all in their late teens to early 20s -- were traveling down the river on a "homemade party barge" when they hit rapids and lost control, said Sac Metro spokesman Capt. Christian Pebbles.

The barge hit a tree that had fallen in the water and capsized, throwing the men into the water, Pebbles said. All seven were able to grab hold of the tree, Pebbles said.

A Sac Metro water rescue response team boat entered the river shortly after 4 p.m., rescued three of the victims immediately, then went back and rescued the other four, Pebbles said.

The men, who were not wearing life jackets, suffered bruises and scrapes, Pebbles said.

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

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