Monday, April 6, 2020

Firefighters rescue man after freeing self from fast-moving Coyote Creek

A man stuck in fast-moving stormwater was rescued by fighters early Monday morning from the east channel of the Coyote Creek after several residents nearby heard the man's cry for help and called 911. 

Units from Orange County Fire Authority, Fullerton, and engines from both La Mirada stations responded to the area of the 4600 block of Fairhope Dr in the unincorporated area of La Mirada in Orange County at about 6:45 a.m. 

The first engine company on scene reported that they were unable to locate anyone in the creek and directed units to head downstream. 

The man was spotted a short time later along the wall of the flood control channel just above the water near La Mirada Blvd. just south of Alondra Blvd after he was able to free himself from the water that was reported to be 4 to 5 feet high and moving at 15 to 20 mph. 

An OCFA spokesperson said firefighters lowered a ladder and were able to pull the man to safety where he then declined treatment by paramedics.

It is unknown how the man came to be in the flood control channel and where his journey downstream began.


  1. Glad he made it out safely. I wonder if it was a homeless person.:(

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