Three rescued from flood control channel in Long Beach
Three men were rescued Wednesday morning from fast-moving water in a flood control channel off the 710 Freeway in Long Beach.
The men, who are transients, had been sleeping on a sandbar in the middle of the channel when they awoke to find themselves surrounded by 3 feet of swift-moving water, said Mike Robideaux, a spokesman for the Long Beach Fire Department.
Firefighters rescued the men about 7:30 a.m. near the eastbound Willow Street onramp, he said.
Authorities shut down the onramp while firefighters aided the men; it was reopened just after 9 a.m., said Capt. Rich Brandt of the fire department.
-- Nate Jackson