Man plucked from raging California river by helicopter in dramatic video

A man stranded near a waterfall along the Yuba River in California is shown in this video from the California Highway Patrol. He was rescued on Saturday, June 24, 2017. Image courtesy of CTV News

By The Associated Press, June 27, 2017 

RENO, Nev. — A Nevada man is safe after helicopter rescuers plucked him from a rock surrounded by swift-moving water above a nearly 15-metre waterfall in California.

California Highway Patrol Officer David White said Tuesday that 25-year-old Kalani Tuiono escaped from the frigid, snowmelt-choked Yuba River with minor scratches and scrapes on Saturday, an outcome that amazed rescuers.

Dramatic video shows Tuiono perched on a lone rock surrounded by rushing water, with the waterfall just below. Steep rock frames the river.

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