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Quick response rescues swimmer

By: Rachel Zirin, Senior Reporter
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The Folsom Fire Department and State Parks responded to a water rescue incident at Lake Natoma near the Rainbow Bridge around 12:40 p.m. on Sunday, July 22.

Upon arrival, units found a 22-year-old male, who had sustained a head injury after slipping on a rock, as he was jumping into the water, said State Parks Superintendent Richard Preston from a witness’ account.

Preston said the incident occurred at what they call Rock Beach, which is located just downstream of Rainbow Bridge.

The victim was removed from the water prior to our arrival, but due to the distant location from the closest vehicle parking area, he was transported to the launch ramp at the Negro Bar State Park by Folsom Boat 35 where Folsom Medic 37 transported him to a local hospital, said Folsom Fire Chief Felipe Rodriguez.

“This incident serves as a reminder to use caution when enjoying our local lakes and rivers and to always wear a life jacket,” Rodriguez said.

No further information has been released at this time.