Four people were rescued from the rushing Los Angeles River waters amid a rainy morning in the Atwater Village neighborhood Monday.
The four adults were reported to be stranded on an island in the river about a half-mile north of Los Feliz Boulevard about 2:42 a.m., Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Erik Scott stated.
About 100 firefighters were deployed and stationed at rescue points along the river, according to Scott.
Rescue crews eventually secured the four victims in a Fire Department boat and took them across the fast-moving waters to safety.
"We didn't expect it to rain that hard, and when we saw the water start to come up it was too late for us to cross," Wendy Greene, one of the four people rescued, told KTLA. "My boyfriend and I were stuck in the tree for about two hours, waiting for them to come and get us."
The adults were not injured but were treated for exposure to the cold and wet conditions, Scott stated.
They were taken to local hospitals in fair condition, and released Monday afternoon.