Chopper rescues teens from Russian River

April 21, 2009 9:59:03 AM PDT
Five teenagers were rescued from the Russian River in Sonoma County Monday night by a California Highway Patrol helicopter, according to the CHP.

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The CHP was contacted by the Sonoma County Sheriff's Department at about 9:35 p.m. Monday about a group of teens who had departed from Veterans Memorial Beach in Healdsburg on a tubing trip in the Russian River and needed assistance.

The teens, all residents of Windsor and Santa Rosa, were en route to the Riverfront Regional Park near Windsor, but became lost and disoriented after nightfall, according to the CHP.

One of the teens called 911 from a cell phone and asked for help, and Helicopter 30 from the air operations unit of CHP's Golden Gate Division located the group within five minutes of arriving on scene, thanks in part to a fire the teens started.

The teens were on a small island surrounded by trees that was not accessible by vehicle or foot, according to the CHP. As a result, the crew on the helicopter had to rescue the teens, who were flown to the Sonoma County Airport to be reunited with their families.

None of the teens were injured in the incident.

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