RANCHO CORDOVA (CBS13) — Crews worked another river rescue along the American River Thursday afternoon.
Authorities say a fisherman got caught in the deep portion of the river near Ambassador Drive. Firefighters said the fisherman was not wearing a life jacket.READ MORE: 'Just Trying To Do Good': Modesto Junior College Professor Runs To Support Struggling Students
Just after 9 a.m. Thursday, they responded to a call of a fisherman who had a medical emergency while he was wading in the water.
Multiple crews, including the Sacramento Sheriff’s Office, responded to the reported drowning. When they arrived at the river, they found the man’s face completely under water. First responders and the fisherman was taken to an area hospital.READ MORE: Multi-Vehicle Crash Closes Northbound I-5 Lanes Near Highway 50 Connector In Sacramento
“When we found him he was partially submerged and his head was also partially underwater, which certainly doesn’t help to maintain an airway and makes CPR and other life-saving efforts more difficult,” said Metro Fire Captian Chris Vestal.
CBS13 is waiting for confirmation on the fisherman’s official condition.
Now there is a call for change from those who fish along that stretch of the American River every day about what safe fishing gear looks like.MORE NEWS: How Fast Is Too Fast? As California Starts to Reopen, COVID Risk Still Remains
This is a developing story.