Stranded motorist rescued from flooded basin near San Jacinto

SAN JACINTO – A motorist whose vehicle ended up in a flooded wash just north of San Jacinto Tuesday, Feb. 28, was rescued by Riverside County firefighters.

The stranded man called for help about 7:30 a.m. after his car bogged down in fast-moving water along Bridge Street, just north of the Ramona Expressway, according to the fire department.

Three engine crews and a truck company, numbering about 20 personnel, were sent to the location and found the man atop his vehicle, which he had apparently attempted to drive across the wash.

A fire department spokeswoman said the water was moving at a 20 mph clip and was roughly two feet high by the time crews deployed a rescue craft and transported the motorist to safety. The operation took less than an hour.

The driver, whose name was not released, was uninjured.

Valley News, in conjunction with all local public safety entities, would like to remind all motorists to not cross a flooded roadway. When in doubt remember, Turn Around, Don’t Drown!

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