ESCONDIDO, Calif. — Crews Thursday recovered a body from a flooded channel in Escondido.
Just before 4 p.m., a 911 caller reported a man with a paddle board being swept away by rushing water in the Escondido Creek near Rose Street. Rescue crews quickly positioned themselves along the channel to intercept him, but when they caught up with his body near the Tulip Street overpass, it became a recovery effort.
“The water is very swift and it’s just as dangerous for our firefighters as it was for the person who stepped into the water,” said Jeff Murdock with the Escondido Fire Department.
Four swift water rescue teams and nearly 10 engines responded to the rescue effort as police worked to block off and secure the area between Hale Avenue and Valley Parkway. It took a couple of hours and a very carefully executed plan before teams could successfully recover the man’s body.
“We actually had to put a boat in the water so we could go out and get him. We also have people with throw bags, firefighters were throw bags on either side of the river just in case one of our firefighters accidentally fell in,” said Murdock.
Luckily no one was injured in the recovery. Officials have not released the man’s identity.
Fire officials confirming this is a body recovery effort in #Escondido near the Tulip overpass. The person was seen on a paddle board or long board in the flood control channel. Video courtesy of Justin Salter. @fox5sandiego pic.twitter.com/7tOqhPvLQj
— Kasia Gregorczyk (@KasiaGTV) February 15, 2019