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Man Rescued From Rain-Swollen LA River

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(credit: David McNew/Getty Images)

(credit: David McNew/Getty Images)

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.

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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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