Couple Rescued from Rising Water

The road was closed but the couple still tried to make it, deputies said

By Monica Dean and R. Stickney
|  Tuesday, Dec 21, 2010  |  Updated 9:10 AM PDT
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A couple was pulled from the rising water by swift water rescue crews Monday, Dec. 20 along De Luz Road in <a title=Fallbrook." />

A couple was pulled from the rising water by swift water rescue crews Monday, Dec. 20 along De Luz Road in Fallbrook.

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In the North County, a couple trying to drive through a closed road in Fallbrook ended up stranded for more than three hours in cold, rushing water.

A neighbor heard screams for help coming from De Luz Road around 8:45 p.m. Monday. The resident immediately called 911.

A man and woman inside the truck were stuck in rushing water nearly 100-feet-wide.

CalFire and swift water rescue crews worked for more than three hours to pull the couple inside the vehicle to safety.

The water partially submerged the vehicle -- the people inside escaped through the windows -- rescue crews used ropes and an inflatable raft to get them to dry land.

Both people were taken to the hospital but appeared to be okay.

“Please obey the road closed signs and do not drive your vehicle through running water, especially when there is a road closed," said Batt. Chief Ernie Marugg with CalFire.

CalFire is using Twitter to warn people not to drive into rushing water. They say just one foot of water can sweep you away. If you see barriers, don't drive or walk around them.

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