Video: LAFD crews rescue hypothermic man from river
A helicopter crew grabbed the man, hoisted him up and transported him to a hospital
By Leila Merrill
LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Fire Department rescue crews pulled a man up from cold, raging river waters Wednesday afternoon, Fox11 reported.
The man was clinging to a metal wall at the side of the L.A. River as crew members in a helicopter tried to get a life vest to him but could not because of rough winds.
The helicopter crew then lowered a first responder down to the man. The crewmember got a hold of the man, and after a brief drop into the water, both of them were lifted to the helicopter. A Fox news helicopter crew captured the rescue.
Watch as LAFD rescue crews pull a man from the LA River in Boyle Heights. MORE on what we know: https://t.co/5a6JbjLRsR pic.twitter.com/xUPnIn8hix— FOX 11 Los Angeles (@FOXLA) March 16, 2023
The crew flew the man to a hospital, where he was treated for hypothermia, according to LAFD Public Information Officer Erik Scott.
The fire department did not release information on how the man became stranded.
#BoyleHeights River Rescue; 05:45PM; #LAriver south of Washington Bl; An adult male suffering the effects of hypothermia (no other injuries yet determined). Details = @LAFD. pic.twitter.com/1rrfInO70R— 🅔🅡🅘🅚 🅢🅒🅞🅣🅣 (@PIOErikScott) March 16, 2023
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