It was the Los Angeles Fire Department who deployed a helicopter for a rescue on Monday to save a man who had jumped into the Los Angeles River to save his dog from the pouring rain that had flooded the area.
According to the department’s Facebook page, their press release and accompanying video, firemen responded to an afternoon call from a bystander who spotted a man jump into the water to save his dog from the swollen river. The dog had managed to paddle to the edge of the rapids and was safe. It was then an LAFD Air Ops rescuer was lowered into the water to pull the man to safety.
In the video, the rescuer can be seen grabbing onto the man, and both were hoisted up to safety.
The dog owner was transported to the hospital by air. His dog was brought to LA Animal Services while his owner received medical care after the harrowing experience in the Pacoima Wash. The dog was treated for minor injuries. The condition of his owner has not been updated, however the man was conscious at the time of his rescue.
Check out the video:
Please be careful.