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Divers rescue male from American River near Discovery Park

An individual was pulled from the American River by rescue divers Thursday afternoon and taken to a hospital under CPR.

Roberto Padilla, spokesman for the Sacramento Fire Department, said rescue crews responded to the area of the river east of Interstate 5 about 3:30 p.m. regarding a report of someone in the water in need of aid.

Boats from the West Sacramento Fire Department and a Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District helicopter assisted in the search. The individual, a male, was found within about 15 minutes and taken by boat to Discovery Park, where rescuers were met by paramedics. CPR was administered, and the individual reportedly showed some vital signs, underscoring the importance of continuing to search for a person, no matter how long they have been in the water, Padilla said.

Padilla said he did not know whether the male was a teenager or an adult, but he was not a young child. Padilla also said he did not know how the individual, who was not wearing a life jacket, came to be in the water. He noted that there are a number of rope swings in the area, and people were also kayaking and swimming.

Padilla stressed that the river is flowing cold and fast, and people boating or swimming should be aware of hazards.

“The danger is not what is on the surface,” he said. “It’s what you can’t see below the surface.”