A 21-year-old woman was submerged for about a minute and suffered chest injury during an outing with friends on the Cosumnes River.
Crews from the Pioneer Fire Protection District in El Dorado County responded about 4 p.m. Tuesday to the North Fork of the Cosumnes River near the Happy Valley Cutoff Road Bridge.
The young woman who had been under water was pulled out by friends. She was conscious but had trauma to her chest, had difficulty breathing and suffered possible injuries to her arm and wrist, according to a fire district press release.
"She was in pretty rough shape when we got there," said Pioneer Fire Chief Bob Gill, who suspects drinking might have been involved. "People have to know that alcohol and cold river water do not mix."
Firefighters carried the patient about three-quarters of a mile out of the canyon with the assistance of rope. It took more than an hour to get the patient to a waiting ambulance.
The woman was taken to Pleasant Valley School and then airlifted to a Roseville hospital.