On Monday, the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District responded to the area of Big Break Marina on a report of cries for help of a person stuck in the delta waters in the City of Oakley.
The call was reported by an off-duty AMR employee who was walking the Marsh Creek Regional Trail behind the Ironhouse Sanitary District when they heard the calls for “help” which prompted a CONFIRE water rescue response, AMR and East Bay Regional Park District at approximently 10:40 am Monday.
Crews mobilized for the response and had a difficult time locating the subject due to the high vegetation and limited access. A helicopter was requested to help provide air support and guide crews to the missing male.
While responding to the male calling for help, CONFIRE crews located another boat taking on water with two individuals on it–they were also in need of assistance. There was some confusion during the rescue given the location of the boat taking on water and the male calling for help in another location on the delta waters.
It turned out to be two separate rescues within the same response.
By 11:37 am, it was determined they located the male calling for help and it turns out he had been missing since Saturday and was stuck in the vegetation in the area of Dutch Slough.
According to authorities, the male located a 56-year-old male man who the Contra Costa County Sheriffs Office had been looking for since Saturday. He was reported as a missing boater. The male was transported by rescue crews boat back to Big Break Marina where he was treated by AMR on scene. He was drinking water and was able to walk around.
According to CONFIRE personnel on scene they hadn’t quite had a water rescue like this that turned into two separate rescue on a single call out.
All three individuals were safely transported back onto land.