Antioch: Firefighters Rescue Male Victim After Vehicle Enters Canal


On Friday, Contra Costa County firefighters responded to Hillcrest Avenue and Wild Horse Road in Antioch for a report of a vehicle crash there a vehicle entered the canal.

The incident occurred at 7:59 am where firefighters prepared for a swift water rescue.

According to Jim Huntze, Battalion Chief, upon arrival Captain 88 found one vehicle 30’ down an embankment submerged underwater in the Contra Costa Canal.  One person was sitting inside the back seat.

“Captain 88 quickly assessed the situation and had his crew break a side window and place a life jacket onto the person.  They assisted the person onto a ladder and up the steep hill.  The actions of Engine 88 crew directly contributed to saving this citizens life,” said Huntze.

The patient was a male in his 20’s who was transported to a local hospital. In total, 24 fire personnel were at the scene along with two AMR units, Antioch Police and the Contra Costa County Water District.


  1. Where was the driver of this vehicle and how did he manage to drive it into the canal? Glad the person found in the backseat was rescued.

    • He was the driver. The rear of the car was the highest part sticking out of the water…sinking last. Everyone drives so fast, especially that age group, I can’t say I’m surprised.

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