Stranded rafters found on island

Four rafters who spent the night on an isolated bank of the Merced River near Snelling were rescued by the Merced County Sheriff's Department on Monday morning.

The rafters entered the river from Henderson Park on Sunday afternoon, but soon lost their raft when it overturned in the water.

The group made it to the opposite side of the river, but couldn't get back across.

Rescuers found them on the island and guided them to safety.