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Fire Crews Rescue Man From Turbulent Los Angeles River

Fire crews used a helicopter to winch a man to safety on March 15, after he was swept into a swollen Los Angeles River.

According to the Los Angeles City Fire Department teams responded to reports of a person in distress in the river around 5:30 pm.

The man was treated for hypothermia after an LAFD helicopter hoisted him to safety. The LAFD said he was provided with in-flight medical care by the LAFD Flight Paramedic team during his direct helicopter transport to the USC Medical Center.

It was unclear how the man got into the river, but the fire department said crews surveyed the area and found no one else affected. Credit: @PIOErikScott via Storyful

Video transcript

[CHATTER]

- [INAUDIBLE] the boat.

[BEEPING]

[ENGINE RUNNING]

[CHATTER]

[RADIO CHATTER]

- [INAUDIBLE] we will get a [INAUDIBLE].

[RADIO STATIC]

Status.

[CHATTER]

- [INAUDIBLE] the boat.

[ENGINE ROARING]

[BEEPING]

- [INAUDIBLE]

[RADIO STATIC]

- Copy, [INAUDIBLE]. We will get out and [INAUDIBLE].

[RADIO STATIC]

- Roger.

[CHATTER]

- [INAUDIBLE] the boat.

[ENGINE ROARING]

- [INAUDIBLE]

[RADIO STATIC]

- Copy, [INAUDIBLE]. We will get out and [INAUDIBLE].

[RADIO STATIC]

- Roger.