Firefighters rescued two girls who fell into a flood-control channel Saturday in Sylmar and were carried more than two miles by a 20 mph current.
The girls, who are cousins ages 16 and 11, were playing near the Pacoima Wash when they fell into the channel and were swept away, said Brian Humphrey, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department.
Firefighters found the pair near Del Sur Street and Haddon Avenue in Pacoima and threw them a floating "life ring," which the older girl grabbed while holding on to her cousin. Firefighters then pulled them to safety, Humphrey said.
Had they not been rescued at that point, the girls would have entered a more dangerous part of the channel and probably drowned, he added.
They were treated at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills for scrapes but suffered no serious injuries..