Crews rescue 11 people and animals from river in Atascadero

March 7, 2019

Following heavy rain, five people, five dogs and a cat became stranded on an island in the Salinas River in Atascadero Wednesday afternoon. Rescue crews brought the people and animals to safety. [Cal Coast Times]

At about 4:30 p.m., the group of people and their animals were stuck on an island by the 6900 block of Sycamore Road, according to the Atascadero Fire Department. Two rescue crews, as well as two fire engines, an ambulance and a CHP helicopter came out to the scene.

Crews guided the people and animals off the island and out of the river in a span of about 45 minutes. Emergency personnel used swift water rescue equipment to bring the people and animals to safety.

Everyone appeared to emerge from the incident uninjured.


A group of people got stranded, or homeless river dwellers got stranded?

Who are we trying to kid or cover up for?


From what I’ve observed, these are homeless folks trashing the river with their shopping carts, garbage, urination, and defecation. Seems like the resource agencies (Fish & Game, Regional Water Quality Control Board, etc.) should be all over this for the pollution they’re creating in the river, which is the drinking water source for the north county communities.


I love how you express concern about the pollution of homeless people in the river, people who camp there because no one will let them camp within towns. You do realize that Lake Nacimiento, which I’m assuming you’re referencing as the actual drinking water source, is fed by a tributary of the Salinas River, NOT the Salinas River, and that on its way into the lake the water is polluted runoff from closed mercury mines, right? But you’re worried about some garbage in the Salinas. Charmingly daft.


Good job!