Two men found themselves perched precariously in a tree surrounded by the waters of Jamul Creek Saturday, entangled in a situation that necessitated a coordinated rescue effort involving multiple agencies. The Chula Vista Fire Department reported the incident occurred around 5 p.m. near 13531 Otay Lakes Road, a stone's throw from Skydive San Diego. The men were stranded "approximately 300 yards away from shore." According to an X post from the department, the trapped duo were discovered by crews at 6 p.m. following what must have been hours of uncertainty.
Tonight at 1800, crews found two victims stranded in tree in water approx 300 yards off shore. CVFD, CalFire, SD copter 3, Border Patrol coordinated rescue efforts. Boat team deployed and victims extricated, brought to shore and evaluated for minor injuries. pic.twitter.com/NRIOr7WmxS— Chula Vista Fire Department (@ChulaVistaFD) February 11, 2024
The retrieval of the men was a collaborative effort, with CVFD joining forces with CalFire, SD copter 3, and Border Patrol in an intricate ballet of air and water rescue tactics. The boat team was deployed, victims were extricated, and ultimately brought to safer ground. Assessments on the scene indicated they sustained minor injuries—a testament to the risks that come with the unpredictability of nature and the importance of emergency services' readiness. In an account obtained by 10News, the fire department detailed that after the successful rescue operation, the pair were taken to a local hospital for treatment.
The incident raises awareness about the unforeseen dangers that can arise even in areas known for recreational activities. The swift reactions of the responders highlight the synergy between multiple rescue units coming together to avert what could have been a dire outcome.
Details on the events leading up to the men's precarious placement in the tree remain scant. Citizens should remain cautious in the surrounding areas as the waterways can present hazards when least expected, and as always, in times of crisis, rely on those individuals who've made it their life's work to protect and serve.