Campers Rescued After Flash Flood
Four friends sleeping in tents in Bowen Ranch Hot Springs near Victor Valley, Calif., were swept away in a flash flood Sunday (Jan. 27), but rescue crews fished them out 6 miles downriver, according to The Sun, San Bernadino.
The four hiked into Bowen Ranch Saturday afternoon and set up camp.
Camping is illegal in the area, and a caretaker who maintains the property said he did not know there were trespassers.
Deep Creek overflowed around 2:30 a.m. Sunday, and a 15-foot torrent of water destroyed the camp, stranding the two couples.
“They woke up in the middle of the night being washed away,” said San Bernardino County sheriff’s spokeswoman Arden Wiltshire.
One of the men managed to call authorities Sunday morning and alert rescue crews that they had followed the Pacific Crest Trail downstream toward the Deep Creek Spillway.
After walking 6 miles, the friends became stranded south of Deep Creek Canyon. A search-and-rescue team found them hours later.
One person suffered minor injuries and was treated at a hospital. The others suffered injuries related to cold weather exposure, authorities said.