La Mirada Burglar Injured in Run From Deputies

Firefighters rescued the man after he jumped into a flood control channel

By Jonathan Lloyd
|  Friday, Nov 30, 2012  |  Updated 8:08 AM PDT
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Rescue crews hoist a man to safety after he jumped into a flood control channel during a run from sheriff's deputies, according to fire officials.

Rescue crews hoist a man to safety after he jumped into a flood control channel during a run from sheriff's deputies, according to fire officials.

A man who ran from deputies responding to a report of vehicle break-ins in La Mirada broke both ankles Thursday night when he jumped into a flood control channel.

Deputies responded a report of break-ins Thursday night and found the man hiding in bushes. The man fled, then jumped into the flood control channel at Trojan Avenue and Firestone Boulevard.

"He jumped over a chain-link fence into the vertical wall channel," said Arthur Ellis, of the LA County Fire Department. "He was down there for a couple hours before we were able to execute a rescue."

Rescuers rappelled down the wall of the flood channel to reach the injured man. Fire-rescue crews used a gurney to hoist the man from the channel.

"That drop is approximately 25 to 30 feet down," Ellis said. "So we had to make sure we had enough people here to execute the rescue safely."

The man was in about four to six inches of water in the channel, Ellis said.

The response included Buena Park police and Urban Search and Rescue Team 103.

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