Fire officials are warning that the American River is running swiftly and cold after they rescued a man pinned by rushing water against an abutment of the Watt Avenue Bridge.
Sacramento fire and Metro fire personnel responded about 4:30 p.m. Monday to the river at Watt Avenue. There, they set about to help a rafter who had fallen into the water and become pinned against the bridge abutment.
The rafter, whose head and chest were above water level, could not move in the strong current, according to a Metropolitan Fire District press release.
Firefighters first got a life vest and rope line to the man. A crew in a Metro fire boat rescued the rafter and brought him to shore.
He was transported to the hospital for medical evaluation.