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Woman was swept away by torrential rainwater and rescued by Los Angeles firefighters

A 35-year-old woman is recovering after she was swept away by fast-flowing water in the Los Angeles River, prompting a tense air rescue by first responders on Sunday.

Los Angeles Fire Department crews responded to calls about the incident near Laurel Canyon Boulevard around 5 p.m., shortly after a brief but heavy rainstorm. department officials said.

It’s unclear exactly how the woman got into the river, but officials say she was first spotted in the flood control channel near Whitsett Avenue, where less than knee-deep water was moving at a speed estimated at about 15 miles per hour. Rescuers threw a float to her as she slowly moved downstream toward Laurel Canyon Boulevard.

The woman was reportedly able to stand up once, but was again swept away by the rushing water.

Firefighters then lowered part of a 24-foot-long wooden ladder along the canal’s vertical concrete wall while cutting off part of the metal fencing along the canal, but the current was too strong and it was washed a short distance downstream. authorities said.

  • Firefighters rescue woman from storm-flooded LA River
  • Firefighters rescue woman from storm-flooded LA River
  • Firefighters rescue woman from storm-flooded LA River
  • Firefighters rescue woman from storm-flooded LA River
  • Firefighters rescue woman from storm-flooded LA River
  • Firefighters rescue woman from storm-flooded LA River
  • Firefighters rescue woman from storm-flooded LA River
  • Firefighters rescue woman from storm-flooded LA River
  • Firefighters rescue woman from storm-flooded LA River
  • Firefighters rescue woman from storm-flooded LA River
  • Firefighters rescue woman from storm-flooded LA River

After several tense moments, an LAFD helicopter crew hoisted down a rescuer who was able to grab the woman as she found herself in the middle of the canal in fast-moving waters. She was brought to safety aboard the plane, where she was treated for minor injuries and hypothermia, according to authorities.

She was flown to a nearby hospital for evaluation.

Fire officials said the woman reported that there were no other people or animals with her at the time she was swept away.

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