Calif. firefighters rescue man, 9 animals from river

Rescue personnel requested an airship to assist in the save, but a helicopter was unable to respond due to snow flurries


Desert Dispatch

VICTORVILLE, Calif. — Authorities rescued a man along with his six puppies, two dogs and rooster after he said he woke up and realized his homeless encampment was surrounded by water flowing in the Mojave River bottom.

San Bernardino County Fire Department personnel responded to reports of a man and several animals in the river bottom a little after 7:30 a.m. Monday. Authorities arrived on scene and found the man's homeless encampment, just off the river near the D Street bridge in Victorville.

County Fire Battalion Chief Bobby Cox said rescue personnel requested an airship to assist in the save, but a helicopter was unable to respond due to snow flurries in the Cajon Pass. A rescue crew finally entered the river a little after 8:50 a.m. and pulled Larry McLaughlin and his pets to the shore at approximately 8:55 a.m.

No injuries were reported and authorities requested response from City animal control officials.

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