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Using Aerial Beyond Safety Limits Saves 3 Trapped in Car by Flood

Issue 6 and Volume 133.

Using Aerial Beyond Safety Limits Saves 3 Trapped in Car by Flood Considered Risk BY Through the considered use of an aerial ladder beyond recommended safety limits, a mother and her two young sons were rescued from their overturned car in the center of the turbulent waters of a rain-swollen creek. Last Jan. 13, Mrs. Vicki Bierman, who lived in California’s Santa Cruz Mountain Range near San Francisco, was returning home with her two sons, Bodi, 9, and Jason, 6. Their house was at the end of Stevens Canyon Road near Stevens Creek. The creek, normally dry or little more than a trickle, was flowing several feet deep across the road because of heavy rains. When Mrs. Bierman attempted to drive her older model Volvo through the water, the current washed it about 75 feet downstream and overturned it. The car caught on a sand bar and trapped the occupants…

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