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October 16, 2012 | By Amy Hubbard
It was Oct. 16, 1987, when a toddler who would become known as Baby Jessica was pulled from a Texas well and cheers erupted throughout the country. Events that unite a nation -- particularly those with a happy ending -- are rare, and the rescue of Jessica McClure, 18 months, was one of those. As the Los Angeles Times wrote at the time, hundreds of bone-weary rescuers and onlookers cheered in triumph when the girl was pulled out of an abandoned well after a 58 1/2-hour ordeal.
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March 29, 2014 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske
Dr. Ron Brown walked out of the Oso Fire station, hair still damp, face ruddy, safety goggles slung around the neck of his orange jacket, helmet in hand. The flight medic stood up the road from the massive mudslide Friday and described the grim task of recovering bodies. Rescuers found another victim in the debris Friday, but the official death toll remained at 17, with 90 missing. Brown said that once bodies have been spotted, reaching them can be difficult. "You could be 15 feet away from someone and it takes you 50 minutes to get to them," picking across large stretches of water and waist-deep mud, he said.
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November 9, 1990
Campbell should have kept right on driving. CHRISTINA WALDECK Torrance
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March 26, 2014 | By Maria L. La Ganga and Molly Hennessy-Fiske
DARRINGTON, Wash. - The stories rang with fear and frustration, pain and the occasional flicker of joy. But the storytellers Wednesday were not the survivors of the deadly mudslide that slammed into the Stillaguamish Valley. For the first time since a mountain of mud buried a small rural enclave called Oso and largely cut Darrington off from the rest of the world, a small number of rescuers spoke at length of their long hours on "the pile," of plucking the living from a square mile of mud and debris, of tagging the dead bodies of neighbors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 3, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Rescuers were confident Wednesday night that they would locate a missing hiker in Orange County's Trabuco Canyon after finding the woman's hiking partner alive in the area. Crews on the ground were being aided by rescuers in a helicopter who were using infrared technology in hopes of pinpointing the location 18-year-old Kyndall Jack in the brushy mountainside terrain, authorities said. Fog was beginning to move into the area late Wednesday, but rescuers were not sure if it would force officials to halt the air operation, authorities said.
WORLD
September 19, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson
MEXICO CITY -- Rescue teams were searching Thursday for at least 58 people believed buried in a mudslide after multiple storms battered large swaths of the country, killing nearly 100 people nationwide and leaving thousands stranded or homeless. While much attention was focused on tourists caught in the Pacific resort of Acapulco, even grimmer reports emerged from that hard-hit region, where villages were largely cut off from aid and may have suffered large-scale devastation. Luis Felipe Puente , national Civil Protection coordinator, said in a television interview that the death toll climbed Thursday to 97 people in nine states.
NATIONAL
September 17, 2013 | By Tony Barboza and Matt Pearce
BOULDER, Colo. -- Search teams resumed their efforts Tuesday to rescue hundreds of people still stranded by the Colorado flood waters as the death toll climbed to eight. Although hundreds of residents remain unaccounted for, according to state officials, the number has fallen in recent days to 648, state officials said. Harder to know is the number of people waiting to be rescued, Liz Donaghey, a spokeswoman for the Boulder office of Emergency Management, said by telephone on Tuesday.
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March 26, 2014 | By Maria L. La Ganga and Molly Hennessy-Fiske
DARRINGTON, Wash. - The stories rang with fear and frustration, pain and the occasional flicker of joy. But the storytellers Wednesday were not the survivors of the deadly mudslide that slammed into the Stillaguamish Valley. For the first time since a mountain of mud buried a small rural enclave called Oso and largely cut Darrington off from the rest of the world, a small number of rescuers spoke at length of their long hours on "the pile," of plucking the living from a square mile of mud and debris, of tagging the dead bodies of neighbors.
NATIONAL
May 25, 2011 | By Matt Pearce
When the demonic twister struck Joplin, killing at least 122 people, it sheared the roof off the Home Depot and toppled its front wall -- a massive concrete slab more than 8 inches thick. Several people were crushed beneath the slab, and the store became the focus of a complicated recovery effort. At least one crew -- the Missouri Task Force 1 urban rescue team, based in Boone County, Mo. -- drilled 2-inch holes through concrete to drop small cameras into the space beneath to find victims.
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April 2, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Rescuers found four climbers who had been missing on Oregon's Mt. Hood since a blizzard hit the peak Sunday. Michael Whelan and Shawn Corrigan of Bend and Colette Whelan Ownes and Robert Sheley of Portland, all in their 30s, were found hiking down the mountain near Portland. The climbers, had planned a day hike to the summit, the state's highest peak at 11,245 feet. They had sheltered themselves in a snow cave until conditions improved.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 2, 2014 | By Joe Mozingo
Four hikers hoisted by helicopter from Malibu Canyon about 3 a.m. Sunday were cited by state park rangers for "unsafe recreational activities," officials said. The group had crossed Malibu Creek when the water was low, but became stranded as rain deluged the drainage. They called authorities about 6:30 p.m. Saturday, and Los Angeles County sheriff's search-and-rescue teams deployed on the ground, slogging up the narrow canyon with little visibility, sliding mud and a creek that had become a roaring river.
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February 13, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
Two skiers injured in an avalanche in the Oregon backcountry were in "satisfactory" condition with broken bones after about 50 rescuers labored for 16 hours to save them, authorities said Thursday. Rescuers had to leave the bodies of two other skiers on the northeast Oregon mountain until the weather improves. Two to three more inches of snow were forecast for Thursday night. Those killed were Jake Merrill, a 23-year-old ski guide for Wallowa Alpine Huts, and Shane Coulter, a 30-year-old aerospace engineer from Seattle who had been on the multi-day trip with five others, the Baker County Sheriff's Department said.
WORLD
February 11, 2014 | By Amro Hassan
CAIRO - An Algerian military transport plane carrying at least 78 people crashed Tuesday in eastern Algeria, and rescuers who rushed to the scene found one survivor but confirmed the deaths of dozens of others, the state news agency said. The aircraft, a U.S.-built C-130, went down in mountainous terrain as it was making its descent in the province of Oum El Bouaghi, about 250 miles east of the capital, Algiers, the official Algeria Press Service said. Seventy-four passengers, mostly soldiers and their families, and four crew members were reported to be aboard.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 2014 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
A teenage passenger who was killed in the July crash landing of an Asiana Airlines jetliner was already dead when she was struck by two rescue vehicles, a report released by San Francisco airport and fire officials claims. Ye Meng Yuan - a 16-year-old Chinese high school student - was not wearing her seat belt, and her death was caused by the trauma of being ejected from the plane, according to the report submitted to the National Transportation Safety Board and made public this week.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 22, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez and Ben Welsh
Los Angeles fire officials are dramatically changing how rescuers respond to mass shootings after a gunman with a high-powered rifle mortally wounded a federal security officer in a shooting rampage last month at LAX. The new goal is to have Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics and firefighters, protected by armed law enforcement teams, rapidly enter potentially dangerous areas during active shooting incidents to treat victims and get them en...
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November 22, 2013 | By Rene Lynch
We humans sure like to anthropomorphize. You know, layer human emotions onto animals. Like when you're convinced your dog is trying to talk to you , or that your cat is plotting to overthrow the dog . (Maybe the dog is trying to snitch on the cat?) A new video making the rounds has some in the blogosphere wondering whether the footage captures the moment that a young dolphin is actually trying to communicate with fishermen off the coast of Brazil - and thanking them for a rescue.
WORLD
October 7, 2010 | By Chris Kraul, Los Angeles Times
Barring last-minute complications, rescuers plan to reach 33 trapped Chilean miners by daybreak Saturday and then make a crucial decision that will determine how soon afterward they have them above ground. Mining Minister Laurence Golborne said Thursday that a drill was within 300 feet of where the men have been stuck since the gold and copper mine collapse Aug. 5. It's the closest of three competing drilling operations racing to reach the miners, who remain huddled in a 600-square-foot refuge about 2,300 feet below the entrance of the mine.
SPORTS
November 20, 2013 | Helene Elliott
Out on the practice court, beyond window blinds that blocked the view from the media workroom at the Lakers' El Segundo practice facility, Kobe Bryant was moving ever closer toward returning to the lineup. His teammates had barely finished praising his first all-out effort when he came out Wednesday to practice for the second straight day, walking past cameras and microphones without a word and joining the drills they had already begun. His presence created an undeniable buzz on the sidelines and on the court and lifted his teammates' spirits.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 10, 2013 | By Ben Welsh, Michael Finnegan and David Zahniser
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's decision to replace his fire chief after a tumultuous 18 months for the emergency rescue agency underscores one of the biggest challenges facing his administration: Rebooting the city's aging technology to improve the delivery of vital services. Chief Brian Cummings, who announced his retirement Thursday, never fully recovered from his management team's admission in March of last year that highly touted 911 response times were inaccurate, making it appear that rescuers arrived faster than they actually did. Subsequent Times' investigations documented widespread delays in processing calls for help, routine failures to summon the closest medical rescuers from nearby jurisdictions and large disparities in getting rescuers to life-threatening emergencies in different areas of the city.
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