VERNON (CBS/AP) — Authorities Sunday rescued a man from the rain-swollen Los Angeles River after drifting about four miles downstream.

LA Fire Department spokesman Erik Scott says the man was spotted just before 8 a.m. Sunday east of downtown.

Police officers tried to rescue him at Sixth Street and Olympic Boulevard but the man drifted past them before they could get to him.

LA City Fire Capt. Steve Ruda Discusses River Rescue

A team in an L.A. City Fire Department helicopter was able to pluck the man from the water near Vernon, where the river widens and the currents get slower. He was conscious and talking to rescuers.

The man was then flown to County USC Hospital, where he was reported in stable condition.

His name has not been released.

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Comments (12)
  1. Jeffrey Todd Lane says:

    Cost the taxpayers over $235,000 for this rescue. Money well spent don’t ya think?

    1. Saber 1 says:

      Anyone dumb enough to be near rushing water in a river bed deserves to end up five miles away.
      My solution, recover the body and charge the family for all the resources utlized.

  2. Mike D says:

    I was there for this rescue, the victim was rescued by a LA County Fire Helicopter NOT by a LAPD helicopter,(Air 3) and the victin was never “transfered” to a LAPD helicopter, he was taken directly to the hospital via LA County Fire Helicopter, I have this rescue on video if you care to see it. HOW CAN YOU GUYS GET THIS STORY SOOOO WRONG ?

    1. FIRE 3 says:

      Let’s really get the story straight since I was in the helicopter. It’s a LA City Fire Dept helicopter that made the rescue. Fire 3. We made the rescue got them both into the helicopter and transported to county hospital which was less than a minute away by air. LAPD was in contact with us letting us know the victims position in the river

      1. you guys are so cool! says:

        How brave you all were! LAFD and LAPD have my highest admiration! You are heros every day! Thank you for everything that you guys do to serve the public so well! Totally awesome!!!!!

    2. ogscor says:

      We want to see it. Post it on YouTube or somewhere and send the link.

    3. mark w says:

      You meant an LA City Fire Helicopter. From the original transmissions it did indeed seem that LAPD helicopter was involved in the rescue but subsequent radio transmissions indicated otherwise.

  3. Cuate says:

    What an idiot!!!!

  4. duke says:

    Do they ever learn? Apparently not.

  5. Brian Humphrey says:

    You can see the official LAFD video at its source

  6. Emergency Animal Rescue says:

    Awesome job by the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Congratulations on a job WELL done!

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