man swept away and goes 30 or 40 feet downstream

SAN DIEGO – Firefighters rescued a man from crossing the San Diego River near the Fashion Valley Mall on Monday night, the San Diego Fire and Rescue Department said.

Around 8 p.m., a witness saw a man being swept downstream, SDFD battalion commander John Fisher said. Fisher added that the man said he was swept 30 to 40 feet.

Shortly thereafter, officers from the San Diego Police Department arrived and located the man.

Fisher said first responders provided a relatively quick rescue and brought the man back to dry ground.

Officials have warned the public not to enter the water, even just above the ankles, as losing footing could lead to being swept away by the current.

Fisher said the rescued man was not injured and did not need to go to the hospital.

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