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Man Rescued After Being Whisked Away By Flood Waters at Del Valle

CHP helicopter helps save citizen whose car was overcome by swift water at an East Bay park.

By Bay City News Service:

A man was rescued from raging waters at a regional park near Livermore on Sunday night after his pickup truck drifted into the middle of a  creek, according to the California Highway Patrol.

A CHP helicopter crew based out of Napa County responded to a call  from Alameda County firefighters asking for help in rescuing a man who was  stranded atop his truck in a creek in Del Valle Regional Park at about 9:20 p.m., CHP officials said.

The creek was swollen from the heavy rains over the weekend.

When the truck was pulled into the creek, the stranded man's  daughter called for help and led rescuers to his location.

Rescue swimmers from the Alameda County Fire Department had  attempted to save the 58-year-old man, but were unable to because of the  fast-moving water, according to the CHP.

By the time the CHP helicopter arrived, the man had been stuck on top of his truck for nearly two hours, CHP officials said.

The truck had drifted several hundred yards from where it had  entered the water, and was resting about 50 feet from shore, according to the CHP.

The pilot, Officer Pete Gavitte, lowered the helicopter and rested  the left skid on the roof of the pickup, at which point on-board paramedic Matt Gutierrez grabbed the man and pulled him aboard, according to the CHP.

He was transported to ValleyCare Medical Center to be treated for  hypothermia. An update on his condition was not immediately available.

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paul hoffman December 25, 2012 at 06:05 AM
Just because someone is paid doesn't mean they don't deserve credit for what they do...as their willingness to come to others' aid could well be why they entered their field of employment to start with, especially those whose jobs can routinely put them in harms way. If they get amply rewarded, great!
Speedie B December 25, 2012 at 06:54 PM
Wow, awesome rescue! That water was really moving, not at all what it typically looks like at Del Valle. Thank goodness everyone is safe and excellent piloting skills -- so grateful to have first responders willing to take risks to save the lives of strangers. Thank you team and thank you Cherry for posting.
Susan December 26, 2012 at 01:40 AM
How about if you step up and do something meaningful. If not, don't criticize those that do. Try making a difference in peoples' lives before you dismiss what others do!
Becky December 26, 2012 at 05:48 AM
Amazing video. It looks terrifying. I'm glad there are dedicated people who can brave such conditions.
Voter with an ID December 26, 2012 at 06:57 PM
..and the Darwin award goes to the drvier who should have known better, risked the lives of others trying to bail him out of a situation he could have avoided, and lived to tell about it.

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