In Los Angeles, a man who had jumped into a river to save his cherished pet dog found himself in a precarious situation. Following immediate notification, members of the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) hurried to the scene in order to save the man.
The Los Angeles Fire Department posted a video of the incident on Facebook earlier this week. Daniel Castillo is the man who took the footage. Unrelenting rain from a deadly atmospheric river storm devastated Southern California, resulting in extensive flooding, mudslides, and landslides. When the dog fell into the river, the storm-exacerbated danger posed a serious risk. Immediately, the man dove into the river to save his pet.
In a Facebook post, the Los Angeles Fire Department said that a group of firefighters responded to reports from bystanders who said they saw a man jump into the river to save his dog. To locate the stranded pair, a rescue team was immediately deployed to various bridges and access points downstream.
The dog, however, managed to swim safely to the river’s edge, avoiding the violent current. Meanwhile, in a cinematic turn of events, an LAFD helicopter lowered a skilled rescuer into the turbulent river. With precision, the rescuer grabbed the man, and took him safely inside the helicopter. The authorities said that the rescued man was subsequently sent to a local hospital for necessary medical attention.
“Firefighters responded to bystander reports that a man jumped in the flowing water in pursuit of his dog. Crews responded to several bridges and access points down river and located the canine, who had managed to swim safely to the edge and escape the rapids. LAFD Air Ops lowered a rescuer into the water, who was able to grab the patient, who was still conscious. They were hoisted onto the aircraft, and transported to the local hospital by air. His dog was taken to a local shelter for temporary care for minor injuries,” reads the caption of LAFD’s post.
The LAFD stated that the dog was “happy to be alive and eager to reunite with his human” in another Facebook post. The Los Angeles Animal Services provided the pet with care and support while his owner received medical attention, and for that the fire department expressed gratitude.
Thousands of people liked the rescue video, and others on social media commented on the post with their thoughts.
“I love my dog, but I’m not going into that to try and help him. I’m calling 911,” a user said.
Several sections of social media users thanked the LAFD officers for saving lives during the deadly atmospheric river storm.