WEST SACRAMENTO, CA - A man was rescued Tuesday evening after being stranded on his sail boat on the Sacramento River for three days.
West Sacramento fire crews responded to South River Road and Gregory Avenue, between Miller Park and Freeport Bridge, around 6:40 p.m. after the man took his little dinghy to shore and called for help.
The man told firefighters he ran out of fuel for his sail boat three days ago and was drifting along. Then, he ran out of food and water.
The man said he was reluctant to leave because the boat and his belongings onboard were all he had. He feared that someone would steal the boat and his things if he left to get help.
West Sacramento Fire Battalion Chief Steve Binns said rescues like these are not common, but more people are living off their boat because of tough economic times.
The man suffered from dehydration.