Emergency Crews Called on for Multiple Swift-Water Rescues During SoCal Storm

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Emergency crews around Southern California were called on to make multiple swift-water rescues as heavy rains fell around the region Tuesday.

Emergency crews attempt to rescue people from the L.A. River in Cypress Park on Sept. 15, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)
Emergency crews attempt to rescue people from the L.A. River in Cypress Park on Sept. 15, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

In Cypress Park, two people were spotted holding onto a tree in the rushing Los Angeles River near Rio de Los Angeles State Park (map), according to Margaret Stewart of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Aerial video from Sky5 showed emergency personnel with ropes and harnesses crossing the river into an area covered by thick brush and trees.

Moments later, one person clinging to rescuers was pulled across the river to safety and then taken to an ambulance for treatment, video showed at about 8:40 a.m.

The second person was also rescued and both were taken to a local hospital in fair condition, according to a Fire Department tweet.

Meanwhile, in a separate operation, another person and a dog were rescued upriver, according to Stewart.

Elsewhere, Los Angeles County Fire Department rescue crews and police were sent to the 2100 block of Pomona Boulevard on a report that two people had been swept away from a storm drain due to the heavy rains, the Pomona Police Department stated in a news release.

Witnesses confirmed the report and provided first responders with descriptions of the people, according to the Police Department.

Both people were eventually rescued rom the San Jose Creek in the City of Industry and South El Monte, the news release stated.

They were hospitalized, but neither had suffered serious injuries, according to the Police Department.

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