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Tree trimmer trapped under 15 feet of palm fronds is rescued [Updated]

October 8, 2009 |  9:12 am

[Updated at 9:15 a.m.: The tree trimmer has been rescued with no life-threatening injuries, according to a spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department.]

A tree trimmer was trapped under 15 feet of palm fronds in a tree in South Los Angeles this morning as Los Angeles firefighters worked frantically to free him.

The incident was reported around 8:30 a.m. in the 200 block of E. 31 Street, said city fire spokesman Brian Humphrey.

Humphrey said the man, who was not immediately identified, was conscious but covered by the fronds, which can cause suffocation. Adding to the drama and the challenge for firefighters was that the man was 25 feet up in the tree.

-- Andrew Blankstein

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