Kayaker helps rescue family of 5 after SUV goes off cliff into northern California river

KYBURZ, Calif. - A kayaker reportedly helped save a family of five after their SUV veered off the road and crashed into a northern California river.

KCRA-TV reports that the family was driving along Highway 50 near the Sierra Nevada community of Kyburz Thursday afternoon when their SUV veered off the road, hit a concrete mile marker, a large tree, a boulder and then went off a cliff into the American River.

The station says a kayaker on the river was able to get three children out of the SUV and get them to shore.

When the kayaker went back to the SUV he found the driver with his head partly underwater and the man's wife helping to hold his head up. When firefighters arrived they were able to stabilize the driver and get him and his wife out of the vehicle.

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