Accident Database

Report ID# 46284

  • Other
  • Does not Apply
  • Solo Paddling

Accident Description

Man tries to paddle board Escondido Creek, dies
February 14, 2019 
 KUSI Newsroom, San Diego
ESCONDIDO (KUSI) – A person who may have been trying to use a paddle board to ride or cross the fast-moving currents of a rain-swollen Escondido runoff channel was found dead in the culvert this afternoon.
A 911 caller reported seeing the person, believed to be male, in the concrete ditch about 4 p.m., said Jeff Murdock, spokesman for the Escondido Fire Department.
Emergency personnel found the body in the area of West Valley Parkway and Tulip Street, Murdock said. As of 5:30 p.m., firefighters were still working to safely remove the body from the culvert, the spokesman said.

SAN DIEGO-- The man who was swept away as he tried to ride a paddle board in a flooded Escondido channel this week was identified by authorities Saturday.

Crews with San Diego Fire-Rescue's Swift Water Rescue Team recovered the body of 62-year-old James Michael Miller from a the flooded Escondido Creek near Rose Street Thursday, according to the San Diego County Medical Examiner.

The 911 call came in just before 4 p.m. Thursday. The caller reported a man with a paddle board being swept away by rushing water. Rescue crews quickly positioned themselves along the channel to intercept him, but when they caught up with his body near the Tulip Street overpass, it became a recovery effort.

Miller was pronounced dead after he was pulled from the channel around 6:15 p.m.

"The water is very swift and it’s just as dangerous for our firefighters as it was for the person who stepped into the water," said Jeff Murdock with the Escondido Fire Department.

Four swift water rescue teams and nearly 10 engines responded to the rescue effort as police worked to block off and secure the area between Hale Avenue and Valley Parkway. It took a couple of hours and a very carefully executed plan before teams could successfully recover the man’s body.


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