Safety agencies rescue woman in Putah Creek after boating accident

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A woman was rescued after a boating accident in Putah Creek on Wednesday, near the creek’s public fishing access area off of California State Route 128, by members of the Winters Fire Department, Winters Police Department, the Solano County California Highway Patrol and the Yolo County Sheriff’s Office. 

Winters Fire Chief Brad L. Lopez said the fire department, the lead agency in the rescue, received an emergency call at around 12:30 p.m. on May 12. A bystander was able to locate the woman, who, Lopez said, was holding on to a tree branch in the water of Putah Creek. 

“From my understanding, she was kayaking and somehow got dislodged from her kayak and kind of drifted downstream,” Lopez said. “She got caught up on the branch and was able to pull herself up and get to somewhat of a safe area.”

The fire department then called other mutual aid agencies, Lopez said, and requested a CHP helicopter. He said a rescuer was sent down on a line from the helicopter while others positioned themselves downstream as a safety measure, in case the woman dislodged from her position.

Lopez said the woman was successfully rescued. She was assessed by medic crews on the scene and had minor injuries, he added, and was subsequently transported to the hospital. 

Lopez added that it helped that the woman was wearing a personal flotation device. A Winters Police Department Facebook post about the rescue reminded readers about water safety, saying: “It is important to remember safe boating practices, make a float plan, and to ensure everyone has life jackets before starting your boating adventure.”

“Sometimes [life jackets] are literally the only thing that may save their life in those situations,” Lopez said. “But yeah, it was an outstanding outcome, we’re very happy to report that we were able to help her out and get her to safety.”

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