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Rescuers seek hiker who fell into San Gabriel River [Updated]

April 1, 2011 |  6:21 pm

Rescue teams were searching Friday afternoon for a hiker who fell into the San Gabriel River in the Angeles National Forest north of Azusa, authorities said.

The hiker, who apparently was trying to cross the river, was seen floating in the water, but searchers had still not found him several hours after he fell in, said Deputy Mark Pope of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

The incident, which took place near Camp Williams Resort on East Fork Road, was reported at 1:35 p.m., according to a dispatcher for the county Fire Department.

The rescue operation included three helicopters and two dive teams, the dispatcher said.

[Updated at 9:23 p.m.: By nightfall, rescue crews still had not found the hiker. The search was halted for the night and will resume Saturday morning, said Lt. David Vega of the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department.]


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