RANCHO CORDOVA (CBS13) — Firefighters rushed to the rescue a possibly injured man trapped on an island in the American River.

It all started with a 911 call from a rafter who saw someone having problems in the river.

Firefighters geared up in wetsuits and went out with paddles and boards to bring the man to shore after he was he was bitten by a snake.

Jet boats weren’t an option, they said, because the water levels are too low from the lack of rain. The river is currently flowing at about 1,000 cubic feet per second—at least 200 slower than they need to run the jet boats safely.

The man is OK and was taken to the hospital.


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