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Man rescued from L.A. River island near 5 Fwy

December 7, 2009 12:30:05 AM PST
A Los Angeles City Fire Department rescue helicopter was called to rescue a person stranded in the Los Angeles River Monday afternoon.A Los Angeles City Fire Department rescue helicopter was called to rescue a person stranded in the Los Angeles River Monday afternoon.

A call for a river rescue was received by the department about 4 p.m. from the 3200 block of Los Feliz Boulevard, near the Interstate 5 Freeway. A person was reported stranded on a small island in the river.

The department's swiftwater rescue team responded with the helicopter in the air and a crew on the bank of the river.

After a hoisting attempt by the helicopter, rescuers opted to swim across a stretch of the river to the stranded man.

Rescuers strung a line across the stretch of river and deployed a Zodiac-type of inflatable boat. Rescuers were able to make contact with the man by 5 p.m.

The man was safely brought to shore, apparently uninjured. He was being treated by firefighters on the Los Feliz Blvd. overpass over the 5 Freeway.

The man reportedly did not want to leave his bicycle on the island, forcing rescuers to give up the helicopter rescue.

This incident was the second swiftwater rescue of a stranded person in the L.A. area Monday.


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