Woman pulled from Sacramento River during Redding water rescue

REDDING, Calif., — Although few details have been released, officials say they managed to safely rescue a woman from the Sacramento River, north of the Cypress Street Bridge, this morning, Thursday, Oct. 21.

Official radio traffic this morning indicated the victim may have tumbled into the river around 9 p.m. last night and remained stranded overnight, until someone heard her cries for help this morning.


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City of Redding police and fire personnel were dispatched to the area after receiving reports of a woman heard yelling for help from below the bluffs along the east side of the Sacramento River, Shasta County Sheriff’s officials have since reported.

Temperatures at the time were reportedly in the low to mid 50s, with the water temperature being significantly lower, as scattered rain continued throughout the morning, leading to fears of hypothermia for the woman yelling for help.

The victim was treated at the scene before being transported to an area hospital for further evaluation and treatment. SCSO photos

Due to the circumstances, a Sheriff’s Boating Safety Unit patrol vessel was launched from the Park Marina boat ramp and responded to the area to assist in searching for the woman. A CHP Northern Division Air Operations helicopter was also sent to the area to aid in the search and rescue.

Officials located the victim, a woman whose name has not been released, who was stranded along the river’s shoreline. She was brought back to the boat launch to be seen and evaluated by waiting medical crews.

Wrapped in a towel for warmth, the barefoot and shivering victim was seen being walked up the ramp to the awaiting ambulance crew, before she was transported to a local hospital for further treatment. She appeared to be uninjured.

No further information regarding how the woman became stranded or needed to be rescued was immediately available and all further questions were referred to Redding PD, which has not commented on the rescue.

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Trevor Montgomery, 50, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source (RCNS) and Shasta County News Source (SCNS).

Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County-based newspapers Valley News, Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; the Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County; and Mountain Echo in Shasta County. He is also a regular contributor to Thin Blue Line TV and Law Enforcement News Network and has had his stories featured on news stations throughout the Southern California and North State regions.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 30 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 18 grandchildren.