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Daring helicopter dog rescue in rising river

By jim Published: January 22, 2010

A firefighter has been hospitalized with severe hand and arm injuries after being bitten by a dog he hoisted from the storm-swollen Los Angeles River in a daring helicopter rescue. The dog had a collar but its owner is unknown

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The drama was being carried live on television.

Crews made a dramatic helicopter rescue of a dog stranded on a flooded ledge in the Los Angeles River.

Crews first dangled a life vest and float ring down to the dog. The animal ignored the items and began sloshing through the current before stopping on another section of the flooded ledge.

A helicopter then lowered a rescuer, who scooped up the frightened animal. The chopper transported the dog to safe ground.

It was not immediately clear how the dog got in the river.

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