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Three Rescued From Falls at Yuba River


A 16 year old girl fell 15 feet striking her head on a rock at the South Yuba River yesterday afternoon.. The incident was reported   at Mothers Beach, about half a mile above Purdon Crossing Bridge. Nevada County Consolidated Battalion Chief David Ray says they found the girl on the lower rock when they arrived.

“They found a 16 year old female that had fallen from one rock to another rock, essentially head first. She put her hands out to break the fall, somewhat and subsequently broke one wrist, if not the other.”

The girl also had a separated shoulder and a laceration on her leg.  She was extricated from the river by fire service personnel.  Cal Star 3 landed near the bridge on the river and the girl was flown to Sutter Roseville Hospital for treatment where she received 9 stitches to the head. But she has since been released from the hospital.

Chief Ray says there was another recue of a female fall victim yesterday at Bridgeport on the Yuba River.   and on Sunday a man fell on rocks at the Yuba River at Purdon Crossing.  A CHP Helicopter in the area was able to swoop down and pick him up, even before the fire Department could arrive on scene.  Chief Ray says they had a hard time getting the large fire trucks through at Purdon Crossing and other areas at the Yuba River during the Labor Day weekend because of the way people park their cars.

“A lot of the times as you see this weekend, CHP was ticketing people along Highway 49. When you get off into Purdon Road and you get into the Edwards Crossing area in the North Bloomfield area, sometimes it’s completely blocked, like it was this weekend, it is very difficult to get our emergency vehicles to where they need to get to.”

Chief Ray is cautioning visitors to the river not to park in areas that will block rescue personnel and vehicles access.  

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