Father, son stranded crossing flooded road on visit to border wall


Rescuers paddle toward a person sitting stranded in floodwater on top of their pickup truck in the Tijuana River Valley Estuary.

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IMPERIAL BEACH, Calif. -- Firefighters and lifeguards rescued a father and son from Idaho who got stranded in floodwaters as they tried to go see the border wall Thursday morning.

The two men got stuck on a flooded road in the Tijuana River Valley near Imperial Beach around 9 a.m. Helicopter video showed one of the men sitting on top of a red pickup truck surrounded by water as rescuers gathered on the dry end of the street.

Saturn Boulevard, where the men got stranded trying to cross a flooded section of the road, was closed south of Tremaine Way. Officials said the pair drove around a sign informing them of the closure.

A crew wearing vests and helmets walked a raft toward the truck in waist-deep water, then got onto the small vessel and started paddling toward the vehicle. Rescuers handed the man a life vest before loading him aboard and paddling back to dry ground, where fire engines and paramedics were waiting.

Lifeguards said the other man was able to get to safety on his own. Neither were seriously injured.

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