Firefighters Rescue 50 From Rising Waters at Beach Campgrounds

By City News Service
City News Service
City News Service
December 30, 2021 Updated: December 30, 2021

MALIBU, Calif.—Fire department personnel from Los Angeles and Ventura counties rescued approximately 50 people stranded at Leo Carrillo State Beach campgrounds when creek overflow trapped them this morning, making it impossible to reach higher ground.

“We had some campers that were trapped, unable to make it higher ground, due to fast-moving water,” said Los Angeles County Fire Department Capt. Ron Haralson. “Their vehicles were flooded up to the doors.”

Los Angeles county personnel were dispatched to the scene at 4:22 a.m.

The rescue effort also included personnel from the Ventura County Fire Department, the City of Malibu reported.

“We’re still at the scene working with campground [officials] and their list of campers to confirm that we removed everybody and everyone is accounted for,” Haralson said. “No injuries and no loss of life.”

California Highway Patrol officers were dispatched to the location at 7:51 a.m. to provide traffic control.