Woman rescued from Silver Lake Reservoir

Woman rescued from Silver Lake Reservoir

Photo by Carla Fallberg

Silver Lake   —  Firefighters helped bring an adult woman to shore after she was seen in the middle of the Silver Lake Reservoir this afternoon, according to the L.A. Fire Department.

LAFD spokesman Margaret Stewart had no further information about the incident, including the woman’s condition.

It’s not clear what the woman was doing in the reservoir, which is off limits to the public and surrounded by chain link fencing.

An Instagram user posted a video of the woman hanging on to a life preserver as she was being brought to the concrete banks of the reservoir near West Silver Lake Drive and Moreno Street.

Woman rescued from Silver Lake Reservoir

Photo by Abigail Zelenski

One reader who lives near the reservoir said a helicopter hovered low over the reservoir and appeared to be guiding her to shore. Several emergency vehicles were parked on the perimeter road on the west side of the reservoir, she said.

“I couldn’t hear if they were issuing orders to her from above,” said the resident. “But the drama is over now and everyone is going home.”

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  1. Thanks for this quick reporting, Eastsider! Helicopters were hovering over the reservoir for several minutes, then EMS vehicles. Now it’s quiet, and I know what was going on!

    Nice reservoir photo, Dan!

  2. Not a great start in opening the reservoir…

  3. Thanks for the report, Eastsider. More needs to be discovered about how and why this woman ended up in the water. However, this is a clear example of exactly why a perimeter fence is an essential safety structure around the Reservoir. Also, our concrete banks look as if they made the rescue easier and more certain, rather than earthen slopes. Thankful this did not end tragically.

    • There is a body of water just down the road – Echo Park Lake – without a perimeter fence. The fence is not an essential safety structure – it is a barrier to community use and enjoyment of the reservoir. There are great examples of urban parks all around the world that do not have a fence around their water bodies. Parks are so essential to the health and wellbeing of people, and the fence ensures this space can never be a community asset. I’m glad she’s safe, and it would be helpful to know the circumstances around this. But it would be very unfortunate if this incident were used as an argument of “public safety” to keep the fence.

  4. Or maybe she should have been left alone to finish her swim without upsetting the entire neighborhood with sirens blaring and helicopters hovering.

    • I was told by one of the earliest witnesses that the woman was flailing and screaming for help. They were concerned she would die in the lake. This was a rescue, not a police action.
      I’m sure it started as a casual swim, but she couldn’t make it back on her own.

  5. So, what is the benefit of walking ten-feet closer to the water? Is walking on the street side of a fence stealing from the moment? Opening public access to the reservoirs will be a huge regret with pollution, graffiti and numerous people in the water.

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