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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 5B Volunteer firefighters rescue two from river after accident Tom Forster Special to Feather Publishing An unusual accident occurred in Graeagle on Saturday night, Dec. 6. In brief, a couple was driving on Bonta Road coming from Blairsden and about to cross the bridge over the river, westbound. It is an old one-lane bridge. The driver overshot the entry and went over the south side of the embankment next to the bridge. The vehicle traveled down the steep, hillside approximately 75 feet into the river; at one point it was airborne. The car stayed upright in the water and continued running with the lights on. The current then carried the car under the bridge, and luckily it stopped about 50 feet to the north in sand. I believe they called for help with a ceUphone. Graeagle and Plumas Eureka fire departments were paged shortly by Plumas County Sheriffs Office dispatch shortly after 7 p.m. for a car in the river with two trapped occupants Graeagle Capt. Harvey West III donned an ice rescue suit in the station and responded with a crew in Graeagle Rescue 9255, along with Chief Ed Ward, Graeagle Engine 9224, and Graeagle Rescue 9252 from Graeagle Station 2 at Whitehawk Ranch. Plumas Eureka responded automatic aid with their Rescue 9153 and a second ice suit (each department owns one and they train together in ice and water rescue) The two occupants were evacuated from the car and moved to shore, wet and cold, and then transported to Eastern Plumas Health Care in their ambulance for further checks. The car was later winched out of the river by Quincy Tow with thlIelp Of=the ireflghters ig o6t7ih'the water in their rescue suits and attaching the cable. The two fire departments and personnel were on the scene for three hours. The compact-sized car, lower left, is wedged into sand in the Feather River after extrication of the two victims from the river to the ambulance. Photos by Tom Forster Graeagle Capt. Ron Heard suits up in the second water and ice rescue suit with assistance from Plumas Eureka Assistant Chief Bill Robinson. "Potter" is a very, very large neutered male who would love a home for the holidays to exercise and get some love. Potter has been at the Shelter since August. "Michael" is a domestic long hair black and white neutered male. His family moved in July and left him. Michael is friendly and looking for his forever home. Adopt I cal and vc 1trill ave the adoption fee on lhc 2rid cat! Our office hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 8am-5pm. Saturday viewing is by appointment only. Office hours are subject to change due to staffing, calling prior to visiting shelter is recommended. All potential adopters must complete an adoption consultation form and be approved prior to adoption. Adoption fees are $10.00 for dogs and cats, license fee for dogs are $15.00 per year. Sponsored by: L'-('O IN CY 283-0480 Your local downtown full service pharmacy including veterinary compounding Graeagle Chief Ed Ward serves as incident commander Rescuers use a rescue basket wheel to move the patients up the overseeing the rescue hill to the ambulance for transport to the hospital. " operation. Seriously Fast Internet. Really! Plumas-Sierra Telecommunications Broadband Business Services via Fiber Optics For those who need... better real-time access to consumers and clients faster payment processing faster and more efficient data transfer PST Fiber Optics vs. T1 Connection: 10x the SpeedFor Less Than What You Are Now Paying/ 530.832.4126 * CALL TODAY! PST is a subsidiary of Ptumas-Sierra Rura[ Etectric Cooperative. Serving.Ptumas, Lassen, Sierra and Washoe counties since 1937. Local. Trusted. Serving You. Electridty and Telecommunication Services