PACOIMA — Three people were rescued from Pacoima Wash on Tuesday evening after a 7-year-old boy was seen floating in the water and two men, including a police officer, jumped in to save him and then had to be saved themselves, authorities said.
At 6:35 p.m., two girls called 911 to report that the boy, Jordan Bastasin, had fallen into the wash near Gladstone Avenue, according to authorities.
The foot-deep water in the mossy-bottomed channel, moving at 12 m.p.h., quickly washed Jordan down the waterway. A 20-year-old man jumped in near Ritchie Valens Park to rescue him, said Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department.
The man, who remained unidentified, soon became trapped in the swift-moving water himself and after traveling down the wash less than a mile, was joined by off-duty Los Angeles Police Officer Mike Grasso, who saw the boy and jumped in, authorities said.