REDDING, Calif. - Rescue crews responded to the Cypress Avenue bridge and the Bonnyview Boat Ramp in Redding Monday morning after witnesses reported seeing a man in the water.
The man, identified as Justin D. Sallinen, 28, of Redding, was rescued from the water just before he reached the Bonnyview Boat Ramp. Authorities said the man was conscious when deputies with the Shasta County Sheriff's Boating Unit pulled him from the water.
Sallinen told rescuers he'd gone for a swim when he was swept downstream. He told officers that he was near the Sundial Bridge when he got into the water and was swept away.
Police estimate he had been in the water for 25-30 minutes. Sallinen was in the middle of the fast-moving river when he was plucked from the water by deputies.
According to a SHASCOM dispatcher, the incident was reported at 9:01 a.m. when the man was spotted in the water near the Cypress Avenue Bridge.
Redding Police Department responded, along with Redding Fire Department and the Sheriff's Dept. Boating Unit. According to scanner reports, a CHP helicopter was also responding.
A boating unit spotted Sallinen and pulled him from the water. The Shasta County Sheriff's Office said the river is always between 48 and 52 degrees.
Redding police said the man was pretty fortunate to survive. Sallinen was extremely cold and suffered bumps and scrapes during his ride down the river. The water is moving extremely fast due to recent rain and water releases from Shasta Lake.