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San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department

Press Release

Date/Time:     Friday, July 4, 2014/2:07 P.M.

Incident:     Good Samaritans rescue couple from flood waters.

Location:     Flood control channel-Avenue D and 11th Street, Yucaipa


Victim(s):     Kevin Kurt-age 49, Darcy Price-age 53


During a downpour that occurred on 07-04-14 at about 1400 hours, Yucaipa deputies received a call of subjects possibly trapped in a vehicle in the flood control channel at Avenue D and 11th Street. When deputies arrived,  they discovered that a homeless couple, 49-year-old Kevin Kurtz and 53-year-old Darcy Price, who were living in the flood control channel had been trapped by the rising water, but were rescued by Good Samaritans.  No vehicle was involved. 

The three good Samaritans, Justin French, Austin Chaffins, and Cole Erautt, all 17 years of age, were in the area when they heard the couple's cries for help and went into the fast moving, rapidly rising water to rescue the couple and bring them to safety.  The victims were transported by ambulance to Redlands Community Hospital. The three good Samaritans were not injured.

Refer:  Deputy Brian Shedd

Station:  Yucaipa Station

Phone No:  909-918-2305

Case No:  141402195

John McMahon, Sheriff-Coroner

San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

Sheriff’s Public Affairs Division

655 E. Third Street

San Bernardino, California 92415-0061

Telephone: (909) 387-3700

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