An off-duty officer with the California Highway Patrol used intuition and improvisation to rescue a man who had fallen into a cold river along the Willow Creek Trail within the Sierra National Forest over the weekend. - Screen grab of news report. 

An off-duty officer with the California Highway Patrol used intuition and improvisation to rescue a man who had fallen into a cold river along the Willow Creek Trail within the Sierra National Forest over the weekend.

Screen grab of news report. 

An off-duty officer with the California Highway Patrol used intuition and improvisation to rescue a man who had fallen into a cold river along the Willow Creek Trail within the Sierra National Forest over the weekend.

According to KFSN-TV, Christina Donley filmed the dramatic water rescue by her husband, Brent Donley.

Donley said, "A lady approached me and said, 'Hey, do you have a rope?' And I said, 'No, I don't have a rope,' and she explained to me there was somebody in the water that was about to go down the waterfall."

Donley quickly fashioned a rescue rope from the straps on the backpack he was wearing and he—with the assistance of a number of other people—was able to pull the man from the cold water.

The man was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment.

 

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