Injured Swimmer Rescued from Red Rock

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By edhat staff

Santa Barbara County firefighters rescued a woman who fractured her leg after jumping into water at Red Rock on Thursday evening.

At 7:20 p.m., rescue crews and a helicopter responded to Red Rock Camp in the Los Padres National Forest. They discovered a 23-year-old female with a compound fracture to a lower extremity. 

The injury happened after the woman jumped off a rock and struck something upon entering the water.

A firefighter was deployed from a helicopter and made contact with the woman. She was then packaged on the scene and hoisted into the helicopter that then transported her to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. 

There were no other injuries reported and the current condition of the woman is unknown.

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Luvaduck Jul 11, 2020 08:10 AM
Injured Swimmer Rescued from Red Rock

Even manufactured pools with filtered water can be the site of an injury; natural pools are often more dangerous b/c the water is less clear and nature moves things around so the bottom changes. Not to mention someone dumping a Frigidaire into the local stone quarry or an Amana into a river! (Trust me--I grew up swimming in a quarry and canoeing rivers in the spring when they were running high.)

a-1594497274 Jul 11, 2020 12:54 PM
Injured Swimmer Rescued from Red Rock

A compound fracture is a dangerous injury. Having a fracture happen in an open water lake or stream is made more dangerous due to possible infection from septic tanks or grazing animals upstream. It is a good warning for everyone to not jump off rocks in the Santa Ynez river area, or if absolutely determined to do so, check out where you're gonna land before jumping. Some people have lost their lives by hitting their heads rather than their legs on the rocks below in Red Rock. Egads.

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