Wednesday, November 19, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS
Hiker plucked from river rock
DSC_7670 SECURED in a harness, Robert Douglas, 47, is lifted from his canyon perch. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
A man was rescued from the American River in Pollock Pines Wednesday morning.

Robert Douglas, 47, of Pollock Pines, was hiking near Forebay Road on Tuesday, El Dorado County Sheriff's Sgt. Chris Felton told the Mountain Democrat. While hiking, Douglas slipped and fell down a steep embankment. After finding the embankment too steep to climb back up, he spent the night in a cave.

Wednesday morning, he began following power lines to try and find a trail. Upon reaching the river, he saw a SMUD power plant on the other bank. Douglas attempted to swim the river but became too tired and cold, ending up on a large rock against a steep rock face.

An El Dorado Irrigation District worker who declined to be named said that a work crew ...

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