Kayakers Stranded Inside LA River Channel

STUDIO CITY (CBS) — Several kayakers got stranded Friday at the side of the Los Angeles River and had to be helped up a steep embankment by firefighters.

Rescuers were sent to Vineland Avenue, north of Ventura Boulevard, at about noon, said Los Angeles Fire Department officials. The kayakers, who were uninjured, were helped to safety after about 45 minutes.

Officials say that it is illegal for anyone to trespass into a flood-control channel.

  • Buck

    I don’t care if legal or grey area of law. A storm is coming u MORONS. Why did we waste our resources on these idiots. U got in. Now get out and pay up. U MORONS Need to pay the bill so my tax money can be wasted elsewhere

    • willcampbell

      It is with a thankful heart that “Let ‘Em Drown” Buck runs only his mouth and not the fire department.

      • Buck

        Duh new news say they were trespassing for a fing 101 style video. They r morons and need to pay up now.

      • Heather

        I agree with you Will.

  • Steve M.

    Ever since Lisa Jackson, Director for the EPA was scammed into turning this flood control channel under EPA control, because it “traditional navigable waters” (right), someone boaters it seriously. The next thing we’ll see is surfiboards, with surfers, in the LA River.

    The EPA needs a new head and these people need to learn that the LA River is designed as a flood control channel, not as a kayak recreational facility.

  • Heather

    The right to be in any river that one can float a boat in is very clearly protected in the CA constition. The ticket is what was illegal–being in the river is legal weather the City/County or USACE want to admit it or not. Read the CA constition to see for yourself. They were not resuced they were kicked out of the river. That being said it was best to get out of the river before the rain cuased a flashy surge of water heading their way.

    The EPA’s designation was with regard to the Clean Water Act only– and this river does meet the defination of what a nagivable-in-fact waterway for purposes of the CWA. The people of LA are greatful to EPA for giving our river this rightfull designation and thus stopping Clean Water Act rollbacks from occuring in our watershed.

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