It was my granddaughter, Nina Alvarado, who nearly lost her life by getting trapped in a tree for 40 minutes in cold water while floating down the San Joaquin River.
If it were not for the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office helicopter, her physical fitness by virtue of being on the water polo team and her mother running several miles to call for help, she would not be with us today.
Since then, my daughter has received phone calls from others who have said that they, too, have been entangled in the very same tree. In fact, a man lost his life there three years ago. How can we have this dangerous fallen tree removed?
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When I saw the video from the sheriff’s office and then talked to my daughter and granddaughter, Nina, I cried. I still cry. My granddaughter told me she does not think she would have survived another 10 minutes. She was cold, her muscles were aching and she was feeling numb.
Thank you, 911 dispatchers and the sheriff’s office helicopter and crew.
Wildred Laemmlen, Sanger