Firefighters used a technique called a "moving ladder slide" to rescue a man from a flood control channel in the Winnetka area of Los Angeles, authorities said Monday.
The rescue got underway about 5:30 p.m. Sunday in the 20600 block of West Valerio Street, according to the Los Angeles fire Department's Nicholas Prange.
The man appeared to have fallen or jumped from a bridge into the channel 15 feet below, Prange said. On a map, it is called the Brown's Canyon Wash.
To rescue the conscious man, firefighters secured him inside a litter basket, Prange said.
"To get the patient up to street level, firefighters used ropes/lashing and a ladder, in a rescue maneuver called a `moving ladder slide' where the litter basket is fastened to the ladder and then the ladder (with patient) is passed along a line of firefighters to overcome challenging terrain," he said.
Paramedics took the man to a trauma center in serious condition, Prange said.