UPDATE (6:32 p.m.) – Paso Robles fire officials responded to a second report of a person in distress in the Salinas Riverbed at around 5:45 p.m.
It happened in the same area where the woman was rescued earlier in the day.
Firefighters were responding to a report of smoke from a possible warming fire and spotted an individual who appeared to be in distress on an island in the middle of the river.
A rescue swimmer responded to the island and a helicopter was called for a possible rescue; however, the individual reportedly told the rescue swimmer they did not want to be rescued and preferred to remain on the island.
The rescue was canceled.
(5:20 p.m.) – Emergency crews rescued a woman from the Salinas River in Paso Robles on Monday afternoon.
It happened in the 1500 block of North River Rd.
Officials say local contractors heard her cries for help and spotted her with water and debris up to her neck, about 50 yards from the water’s edge.
Following her rescue, she was taken to a local hospital for treatment.
City officials want to remind residents that the Salinas Riverbed can be extremely hazardous during the rainy season and everyone should stay out of the area.