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