December 10, 2006

Daring Midnight River Rescue?

First we heard sirens, and noticed police and fire lights along the west bank of the Los Angeles River.

Then the first police fire department helicopter arrived.

Then the second.

At about 12:45am this morning, the first chopper descended to an altitude lower and louder than usual, just above power lines north of Glendale Blvd.

The chopper slowly dropped a lone figure to the middle of the river.

Moments later, two figures were drawn back up.

Was it a river dweller caught in rising tide from tonight's rain? Someone else, perhaps, falling off the pedestrian bridge?

Most likely it was a rescue of a live victim, not a recovery of a dead one. Technically, the coroner's office owns a deceased body and the LAPD can't touch it. (Trivia courtesy of LAPD Community Academy.)

We didn't see any TV choppers around, so this may be the first public report. But even in my blurry camera-phone shot you can see the helicopter lights below the palm trees.

Now it's 1:15am. The lights and curious neighbors have scattered.

We'll see if this makes the news. Or maybe the LAPD blog and LAFD blog.



3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Nice reporting. I don't watch local TV news, but I did do a cursory search of a local TV websites and have found nothing. To that, i say, WTF. Thanks for reporting this.

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

I have the details, yet could not post them due to the City taking our office off-line today during routine building maintenance. Go figure! ;)

The event near you happened at the same time as a cliff rescue in the Hollywood Hills, a dramatic traffic collision with entrapment in Westchester, and a multi-vehicle slammer in the mud and rain of the Sepulveda Basin.

Now that our computers are on-line again, I'll try to put details on the LAFD Blog in the coming hours.

Please keep up the great work on the blog!

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Firefighter/Specialist
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Here ya' go!

http://lafd.blogspot.com/2006/12/lafd-helicopter-crew-rescues-woman.html

Sorry, long night...

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Firefighter/Specialist
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department