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Teens scooped from the Truckee River

SHERRY MAYS

Two teens were scooped from the Truckee River below Farad Monday afternoon, only several hundreds of feet from where they put in with their rafts.

Mike Barcia, 15, of Reno, and sister Nikki, 17, were thrown from their raft and trapped between two large rocks. Mike pulled himself out of the water, while Nikki remained pinned against a strong river current until rescue personnel arrived and performed the rescue.

Truckee Fire Protection District and California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection personnel were dispatched to the scene shortly before 4 and were met by the U.S. Forest Service, the Nevada Division of Forestry, Truckee Meadow Fire Protection and a Washoe County Hasty Team.

TFPD and CDF used a rope rescue system to free the girl from her precarious position just above a strainer, a swift moving current that forms around a submerged object. Officials said she was lucky not to have attempted freeing herself because the strainer could have pinned her under the water’s surface.

The two teens traveled down river in their raft for less than one quarter mile before being ejected.

Wearing life vests and uninjured, they were treated by TFPD on scene and released to their parents shortly after 5.

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