California Fire Volunteer
Dramatic video shows a black bear getting swept up in raging rapids after it tried to swim across a river in California. Video posted Saturday, May 27, shows the bear as it hops into the water and is immediately swept downstream by white-capped currents. The bear’s head bobs under the water several times before it manages to break free of the rapids and furiously swim to shore. Volunteer Fire Chief Mike Stewart captured the video from the back deck of the Washington Hotel along the Yuba River in Washington, California, he told McClatchy News. The department has been warning people to stay out of the river as heavy snowpack has more than doubled the amount of spring runoff that’s typical for the area, he said.