UPDATE: CHP hoists 3 from Sacramento River after boat overturns

UPDATED: Thursday, May 23, 3:36 p.m. With update from CHP

See Original Story below.

REDDING — Contacted for details about this afternoon’s water rescue of three people who were thrown from their overturned boat, CHP confirmed at 3:35 p.m. that all three men were successfully hoisted from the river.

According to official radio traffic, the three victims were transported to the Bonneyview Rd. boat launch, where they were interviewed by officials about the cause of the accident.

No injuries were reported and no further details were immediately available.

This is a developing story that will be updated as new information is available.


Original Story: BREAKING: Officials preparing for hoist rescue of 3 after boat overturns on Sac River

REDDING — Officials are at the scene of a Redding boating emergency and water rescue involving three men who were thrown from a boat that overturned on the Sacramento River earlier this afternoon. Two CHP helicopters are assisting with the ongoing rescue efforts, which are happening about a quarter mile south of S. Bonneyview Rd. near Bechelli Ln.

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City of Redding Police and Fire Departments, along with other emergency personnel, were first alerted to the emergency around 3 p.m., when an area resident called 911 to report seeing an overturned boat in the river. The 911 caller reported three men had been tossed from the boat as it overturned and were clinging to debris in the water near the east side of the river.

As city fire and rescue personnel responded to the scene, a CHP aviation crew that was in the area sped to the location in the department’s H-14 helicopter to assist in searching for the three victims and overturned vessel.

The first officer to arrive in the area reported spotting the three victims hanging onto a branch or log near a submerged tree, “past the houses” near Bechelli Ln. The officer also reported the victims were too far from the nearest shore and would need to be rescued by boat or by helicopter.

H-14’s crew then updated that a second aviation crew in the department’s H-16 had already been launched and was headed to the scene to perform a hoist rescue, unless a river boat could be brought to the scene quicker.

At 3:15 p.m., SHASCOM was not able to provide an ETA for a rescue vessel, at which time H-16 was requested to continue to the scene.

As of this report the victims were still in the water and rescue personnel were still preparing to attempt a hoist rescue of the victims.

This is a developing story that will be updated as new information is available.


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Trevor Montgomery, 47, moved last year to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, The Valley Chronicle, and Anza Valley Outlook; as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County and Mountain Echo in Shasta County.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 28 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 15 – but soon to be 16 – grandchildren.

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