Two men rescued from San Diego River

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SAN DIEGO – Two men were rescued from the San Diego River Tuesday night in Mission Valley.

Shortly before 7 p.m., authorities received several 911 calls regarding two men stuck in the river near Camino del Rio North. San Diego Fire-Rescue Department and lifeguards rushed to the scene. Several lifeguards went into the river and found themselves in what they called one of the toughest rescues to date.

“There were four to five times where they had rolled off the board and into the water and submerged, so it was like we rescued them four or five times on the way in,” said Chuck Davey of San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

It took crews 25 to 30 minutes to get the men out as rising, gushing water filled with debris presented another challenge.

“We were hitting logs and debris. At one point, we got swept in the current down with them. We got spun around, we were disoriented on where we were…It was a pretty dramatic rescue,” Davey said.

The men, 52 and 42-years-old, were said to be homeless. They suffered from hypothermia and were taken to nearby hospitals.

Much of Mission Valley saw flooding throughout the afternoon as heavy rains slammed the county. San Diego Fire-Rescue Department told FOX 5 they responded to about 75 water rescues between 3 and 6 p.m.

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