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Three rescued from flood control channel in Long Beach

February 16, 2011 |  9:36 am

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.


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