Oakdale firefighters rescue rafter

Oakdale firefighters rescued a woman Sunday afternoon who became stranded along the Stanislaus River after falling off a raft. Oakdale fire Capt. Matt Severson said she was rafting with her husband and the two fell into the river.

The husband was carried farther downstream, was able to get out of the water and called authorities about 2:30 p.m. Severson said firefighters launched boats at Knights Ferry and the Orange Blossom Road bridge and headed toward each other as they searched for the woman. A helicopter was called to help search.

Firefighters heard the woman's screams about a mile east of the bridge. But Severson said she was stranded on shore along one of the river's fingers, which is not accessible by boat. Two firefighters used chain saws to cut a 150-yard path through the brush from the 14000 block of Orange Blossom Road to where the woman was stranded.

She was rescued about 5:30 p.m. Severson said she had scrapes and bruises but declined medical care.