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Swift water rescue team saves minivan passengers near Fashion Valley mall

Posted at 6:22 PM, Nov 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-30 09:04:08-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Six people inside a minivan that drove down a flooded road near Fashion Valley mall were rescued Friday, according to a San Diego Fire-Rescue official.

Avenida del Rio, a popular exit route for the mall south of Friars Road, was closed Thursday and Friday due to rising water levels in the San Diego River.

A lifeguard river rescue crew was nearby, along with fire trucks.

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The swift water rescue team used a raft to rescue everyone inside the van. There were five women and one man inside. No one was hurt, fire officials said.

Police say the car was driven by a rideshare driver who had picked up five women at the mall who were all visiting from out of the country.

There are barriers on the south side of Fashion Valley mall indicating the road is closed.