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Crews search for possible missing person in L.A. River [Updated]

December 22, 2010 |  8:47 am

Emergency crews are searching for a person who may have been swept away by floodwater in the Los Angeles River in Studio City.

Fire Department spokesman Devin Gales said that at about 7:15 a.m. Wednesday, two witnesses called 911 to report a missing person in a flood canyon near 4200 Coldwater Canyon.

[Updated 10:15 a.m.: Firefighters have determined that initial reports of a missing person in the flood channel turned out to be false, said Los Angeles Fire Capt. Steve Ruda. Swift-water rescue teams scoured the channel between Coldwater Canyon Boulevard to Bob Hope Drive and found no evidence of a victim.]

A swift-water rescue team was sent to the scene and is searching for the person, Gales said.

“They’re watching the river," he said, "trying to ascertain if there is any one in the water.”


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