Video: Firefighter swept downstream during river rescue
Fire officials will review the operation to see what allowed the firefighter to get caught in the fast-moving water
LOS ANGELES — A couple clinging to trees in the middle of the rain-swollen Los Angeles River were helped to safety during a dangerous operation by a firefighter swift-water rescue team in the Atwater Village area Friday morning.
Amid a continuing fierce rainstorm, rescuers were first called to the scene at 9:41 a.m., according to Katherine Main of the Los Angeles Fire Department.
About an hour later, a man was located and taken to safety. He told rescuers that his wife was caught in the trees amid the rushing water, and it took almost another hour for her to be transported across the river.