L.A. River rescue underway in Silver Lake area [updated]

Photo by Bug Wuller

SILVER LAKE — The L.A. Fire Department is deploying its Swift Water Rescue Team to pick up a person stranded in the L.A. River just north of Fletcher Drive near the 5 Freeway.

The person is on an island of vegetation “as water speed and depth is appreciably diminishing but still dangerous,” according to an LAFD alert.

Update @ 12 PM:  The rescue operation ended about an hour after it began.  Eastsider reader Bug Wuller took a photo of the person who was rescued from the river and being attended to by firefighters.  The LAFD said that the man, believed to be in his 40s, was equipped with a water rescue helmet and life vest before being returned to the riverbank aboard a boat by the Swift Water Rescue Team.  The man did not show any signs of being injured.

Photo by Bug Wuller

Thanks to Bug Wuller for her tip and photos.

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  1. Them Homeless People Who Live In The Bush Don’t Understand About The Dangers About The L A River When It Rains. Theres Been A Big Increase In Water Rescues..

    • They understand the dangers. And they know if they get into trouble the LAFD will rescue them.

      Why do you think this happens so often?

      Its a win win. Firefighters get overtime, the homeless get their island retreat.

  2. Thanks to LAFD and Rescue team.

  3. And…. the bill goes to?

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