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Water rescue team helps driver to safety in Santa Barbara County

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Posted at 5:28 PM, Jan 28, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-28 20:28:14-05

Santa Barbara County firefighters and California State Parks Water Rescue Team members rescued a driver who was stuck between two swollen creeks on Refugio Road in the Gaviota Coast area.

Emergency crews were called to the scene shortly after 1:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Santa Barbara County Fire officials say the driver did the right thing by calling for help.

First responders found her parked on a high area of the road between the two flowing creeks about a half-mile up from Highway 101.

Rescue crews walked her through the water to safety. She was not injured.

Fire officials say they up-staffed their swift water rescue team this week in anticipation of possible water rescues.