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King Tides 'Strand' Fisherman Near Bay Bridge Who Didn't Want To Get Feet Wet

OAKLAND (CBS SF) -- A fisherman who didn't want to get his feet wet caused a scare Wednesday afternoon when Oakland firefighters, police and the U.S. Coast Guard thought he had driven into the Bay, a fire battalion chief said.

Crews responded to a frontage road near the Bay Bridge toll plaza at about 12:45 p.m. on reports of a vehicle in the water there, Oakland fire officials said.

But when they contacted the driver, they realized that he had just gotten caught in the rising tide.

The man had driven to the Bay there to go fishing but when the tide started coming in, he got back into his van because he didn't want to get his feet wet, Oakland Fire Battalion Chief Tracey Chin said.

Oakland police were planning to help him tow his van out of the rising tide area, according to Chin. The man wasn't injured.

Oakland city officials have warned residents this week to prepare for "king tides," naturally occurring high tides that can contribute to flooding in some areas.

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