Saturday Jul 05 2008
Sacramento man life-flighted from American River confluence
By: Jenifer Gee Journal Staff Writer
Man conscious after near drowning
A 23-year-old Sacramento man was life-flighted from the American River confluence in Auburn Friday for injuries related to a near drowning. Krupen Amin was spotted floating around the confluence of the north fork of the American River on his back and looking lifeless by several people on the shore and a park ranger around 5 p.m. Scott Liske, state park ranger for the Auburn State Recreation Area, said he could see the body from the road above and immediately thought something looked wrong. “When I looked over and saw him floating I though, ‘un-oh, this is bad,’ just by the way his body looked in the water,” Liske said. Liske said he made an emergency call as he watched two people from the shore swim out to retrieve Amin and bring him out of the river under the Highway 49 Bridge on the El Dorado County side. As Liske was making his way down the cliffside, he noticed Amin was conscious. “He was talking and seemed to be otherwise fine,” Liske said. “He was kind of refusing medical treatment at that point.” When an ambulance crew arrived, a paramedic’s evaluation found that Amin had water in his lungs, which is considered a wet drowning, Liske said. Emergency response officials decided to life-flight Amin to the nearest hospital to have the injuries further examined. Traffic was temporarily stopped on Highway 49 as a California Highway Patrol helicopter landed on the bridge. Crews from Cal Fire station 10 and the El Dorado County Fire Department also responded to the scene. Amin was taken to Sutter Roseville Medical Center. Amin arrived at the hospital but was not admitted, according to medical center records. Liske said he has not been able to contact Amin. He said the 23-year-old was reportedly at the river with friends but classified himself as a non-swimmer. Liske said he is not sure how Amin ended up in the river. Liske said this is the first water rescue of this nature of the season. He said he hopes the number stays low throughout the rest of summer. “He’s very lucky that there were people around and it was a crowded Fourth of July,” Liske said. The Journal’s Jenifer Gee can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or post a comment at auburnjournal.com.