CHP: Man Rescued From Vehicle After 5 Hours In The Klamath River

A North State man is lucky to be alive after his car was submerged for several hours. At 5:22AM Wednesday, the Yreka CHP got a 9-1-1 call regarding a vehicle upside down in the Klamath River. The red 2018 Ford Fusion was found in the river on State Route 96, west of State Route 263, on it’s roof. It was almost fully submerged, with the emergency flashers on. Highway Patrol Officers, the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Dive Team, and other agencies responded. The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Dive Team Commander, Sergeant Giannini, went into action hooking up the vehicle to a tow truck to recover it. When the car was removed from the water, 28-year-old Michael Finn from Klamath River, was located in the vehicle, still alive. Cal-Fire and Mt. Shasta ambulance personnel immediately began providing medical aid. Finn was taken by ambulance to Fairchild Medical Center to be treated for exposure. Finn told officers he may have crashed into the water around 3:00AM. He was pulled from the vehicle at approximately 7:55AM, so he endured nearly five hours breathing from a pocket of air inside his vehicle.

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