A family of four caught on a river snag; one was rescued

CHICO, Calif. - A family of four had to be rescued from the Sacramento River in Butte County earlier Friday afternoon after their canoe and inner tube that was tied together got caught on a snag forcing rescuers to work quickly and rescue one of them.

The Collins family was the ones that caught got on a snag just south of Scottie's Landing.

Rescuers were called out around 5:30 p.m. after they got a call of a canoe and a inner tube that were tied together tipped over.

Don Collins was with his wife Edie and their two boys Nathaniel and Eric.  Three of which were in the canoe and Eric was the one in the tube.

Once the boat and the tube tipped over, Eric jumped out and Don then went after him.

"I went against my better judgment and still tethered on," said Don Collins. "It happened so fast. Anyone who has been around water knows that it's powerful and you don't mess with it. The strength of the current just took us out."

Luckily no one was hurt and rescuers were able to get the boat and the tube back to the Collins.

Firefighters want to add that if you planned to go out to the river to cool down from this heat wave we are having, it's best to be careful and look out for those snags.


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