Injured man rescued from Sacramento River after jumping from bridge in Red Bluff

RED BLUFF, Calif., — A Red Bluff man who was injured after jumping from the Antelope Boulevard bridge into the Sacramento River was later pulled from the river during a multi-agency rescue operation Tuesday morning, April 5.

Officials who participated in yesterday’s rescue did not disclose why the man leaped from the bridge into the river but have said he was taken to an area hospital for treatment of his injuries and hypothermia.


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Yesterday’s rescue operation began after City of Red Bluff emergency dispatchers received a 5:20 a.m. 911 call reporting that a man was injured and stranded on a boulder covered sandbar underneath the bridge, according to a Red Bluff PD release.

Because of the man’s injuries he was not able to swim to shore against the river’s strong current, according to officials.

Tehama County Search and Rescue members are seen rescuing a man who was injured after jumping from the Antelope Boulevard bridge in Red Bluff. Red Bluff Police Department photo

When officials arrived, they were assisted by a CHP Northern Division Air Ops helicopter in locating the victim stranded on the sandbar.

However, officials determined that they would not be able to conduct a quick and safe rescue due to the river’s swift-moving current and requested additional resources to the scene to assist, at which time the Tehama County Search and Rescue (TCSAR) team dispatched a boat to the area.

After TCSAR members brought the victim to the shore he was transported to St. Elizabeth Community Hospital where he was treated for hypothermia and minor injuries.

The man’s name was not released, and officials have not said why the man jumped from the bridge into the river.

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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.