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Jet Ski, Rubber Boat Used To Rescue Occupants Stuck In Flooded Car In Sonoma County

SONOMA COUNTY (CBS SF) -- Rescue crews used a jet ski and a rubber boat to rescue four occupants of a vehicle that became stranded in floodwater in west Sonoma County Friday morning.

The occupants, who were inside a white Volkswagen sedan were reported stranded around 10:40 a.m. in the area of Valley Ford and Bloomfield roads, according to authorities.

"The depth was three feet, too deep to drive through," said Cal Fire Battalion Chief Kirk Van Wormer.

Cal Fire called out the jet ski and rubber boat to rescue those inside, including Michael Benning. "They came out to rescue me and I didn't even ask them for the help, so I greatly appreciate it," Benning said. Benning was heading to work at the Bodega Marine Lab when the car became stuck.

Multiple vehicles were stranded in the area. The Marin County Fire Department, Cal Fire, The Bodega Bay Fire Department and Two Rock Fire Department all responded, a Sonoma County emergency dispatcher said.


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