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UPDATE: Paso Robles police, fire rescue person stranded in Salinas River

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Posted at 2:37 PM, Jan 28, 2021

UPDATE (3:15 p.m.) - A woman who was stranded on an island in the Salinas River in Paso Robles was brought safely to shore on Thursday afternoon.

Emergency crews received the call about the stranded woman just after 2 p.m.

Three rescue swimmers from the Paso Robles Fire Department were used to bring the woman to safety.

She was reportedly uninjured.

Emergency officials say the river is currently about 4-5 feet deep at the Niblick Bridge where the rescue took place. The deepest part of the river is at the 13th Street Bridge where the water level is currently about 17 feet.

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Water under the 13th Street Bridge in Paso Robles is measuring approximately 17 feet as of Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021.

The fire department increased staffing of its heavy rescue team this week to prepare for potential water rescues.

In March 2018, nearly a dozen people and a dog had to be pulled out of the Salinas River during a severe storm.

Prior to this week's storm, police say officers and firefighters tried to make contact with people living in the riverbed to warn them about the potential dangers and suggest they move to higher ground.

(2:37 p.m.) - Emergency crews in Paso Robles are working to rescue a person who is stranded in the Salinas River.

Fire and police officials say the person is uninjured and currently stranded on an island in the river.

One eastbound lane on the Niblick Bridge and one northbound lane on Highway 101 are closed for the rescue operation and authorities are asking people to avoid the area.

KSBY News has a crew headed to the scene. This story will be updated with new information as it becomes available.