...The Long Beach Fire Department responded to calls that a vehicle had overturned off of the northbound lanes of the 710 Freeway and into the Los Angeles River. The first arriving LBFD Unit Rescue One, confirmed the vehicle in the water and soon the Long Beach fire and police departments, California Highway Patrol, and other local, state and federal agencies were all working together on the rescue effort.
Approximately twenty-five minutes later, the LBFD Marine Safety division deployed a dive team to locate the vehicle and rescue any victims inside. ...
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03-12-2010, 12:37 AM #1
Long Beach Fire Department Dive Team makes rescue from submerged SUV
03-16-2010, 12:47 AM #2
UPDATE / Driver submerged in SUV for 30 minutes
Victim in river crash improving
RESCUE: Lizeth Pimentel is still in critical condition.
By Kelly Puente
Posted: 03/15/2010 05:26:16 PM PDT
Updated: 03/15/2010 06:04:27 PM PDT
LONG BEACH - A woman who was pulled from murky water when her SUV plunged off a bridge into the Los Angeles River remained in critical condition but was showing slight signs of improvements, a hospital official said Monday.
Lizeth Pimentel is being kept under medical sedation while doctors run more tests, said Daa'iyah Jordan, a St. Mary Medical Center spokeswoman. On Monday, her eyes showed slight signs of movement, giving doctors and family hope that the mother will eventually recover, she said.
Pimentel suffered severe bruising and swelling of the brain tissue when her SUV plunged off the Seventh Street bridge Thursday morning. Earlier reports said Pimentel was submerged for about 30 minutes as rescuers worked to bring her up. An official timeline is still under investigation, authorities said. Jordan said the hospital plans to release more details on Pimentel's condition in the next few days.
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