February 21, 1980
Sage area

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At 2:30 Sunday morning, RMRU received a call from the Hemet office of the Riverside County Sheriff's Department, requesting our services in rescuing an injured man who was trapped with several other people by rising flood waters in the Sage area. Since the main road into Sage was washed out, team members headed for the mountain road that heads toward Mountain Center. Once again rising flood waters proved to be a problem. The San Jacinto River had washed out a portion of the highway next to the Cranston Bridge, which required that the highway be closed. With the closing of the highway it was decided that it would be safer to use a helicopter to air lift the injured man and the other residents out at first light.