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January 4, 1996
Actor Mark Harmon rescued two teenage boys Wednesday from a burning car that had crashed near his Brentwood home, a Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman said. "Mr. Harmon broke out the car windows and pulled the boys to safety," said Brian Humphrey, a Fire Department spokesman. "The youths owe their lives to the action of Mr. Harmon," he said. One youth suffered severe burns over 30% of his body and was taken to UCLA Medical Center, Humphrey said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc
A bird rescue organization is offering a $2,500 reward for information that could lead to the arrest of whoever was responsible for slashing a brown pelican's throat pouch, leaving it weak and malnourished. Long Beach Animal Care Services reportedly found the California brown pelican on Wednesday along Ocean Boulveard on the Alamitos Peninsula near Bayshore Park. With its pouch slashed open, the bird likely hadn't eaten for days, said Jay Holcomb of International Bird Rescue, which is treating the bird.
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NEWS
April 1, 1998 | TONY PERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As a chief boatswain's mate yelled one of the most unusual orders ever heard aboard ship--"Release the whale!"--the California gray whale named J.J. was lowered gently into calm seas Tuesday two miles off the San Diego coast. The 19,200-pound, 31-foot-long mammal--the largest ever kept in captivity--initially began swimming back to San Diego.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 21, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc, This post had been corrected. See note below for details.
Rescuers had to airlift a rock climber out of Yosemite National Park after he suffered major injuries in a 30-foot fall Sunday, authorities said. A 26-year-old man from Palo Alto, Calif. was climbing with a partner Sunday morning and was about halfway up the Higher Cathedral Spire, one of a series of near-vertical granite pinnacles, according to Officer Andrea Brown of the California Highway Patrol's Air Operations Division. He reportedly fell about 30 feet and was unable to move without excruciating pain, Brown said.
NEWS
October 19, 1988 | From Times Wire Services
Below-zero temperatures and shifting winds continued to threaten three stranded whales Tuesday as rescuers readied for a dangerous, go-for-broke attempt to free the animals. The effort has become a race against time, complicated by the wind, bitter cold and shifting ice. Observers said that the young California gray whales were tired and at least one has pneumonia.
NEWS
August 16, 1991 | From Times Wire Services
A barge carrying nearly 200 oil-pipeline workers capsized and sank Thursday in a typhoon in the South China Sea, killing at least 16 people, rescue workers said. Rescuers battling gale-force winds had recovered 12 bodies by early today, but they said time was running out to find survivors. Among 11 people still missing were four divers, believed to be three Britons and a New Zealander, who were dragged to the bottom of the sea inside a diving chamber attached to the barge.
NEWS
July 16, 1990 | JANET RAE-DUPREE and EDWARD J. BOYER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
As lightning lacerated the darkening sky over Mt. Whitney and thunderclaps started a deafening roll, the 13 hikers saw the old stone hut with its corrugated metal roof as a welcome refuge from the drenching downpour. It nearly became their tomb. "I was sitting on the floor, my back against one of the walls," said Edward (E.J.) Wueherer, a hiker from Tehachapi. "All of a sudden I saw this flash and I felt this jolt like on my funny bone, and my toe started burning.
NATIONAL
March 27, 2014 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
ARLINGTON, Wash. -- Families have been assisting in the search for mudslide victims here, in at least one case recovering their loved one's body and returning to help others find relatives, according to Snohomish County Fire Chief Travis Hots. “I haven't lost hope and there's a lot of people up there who haven't,” he said. The official death toll still stands at 16, with 90 missing.  But Hots said, “I fully expect that number to go up. " He planned to announce a new tally of the dead Friday morning.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 9, 1997
As the rainy season draws near, city and county fire departments are gearing up as usual for swift-water rescues. Throughout the year, each department's swift-water team undergoes training for rescuing victims from the county's waterways. An average of six drownings a year occur in the county's more than 600 miles of flood-control channels. The 52-mile Los Angeles River is just one part of the flood-control system.
NATIONAL
June 15, 2013 | By Cindy Carcamo
TUCSON -- U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Tucson region have saved 177 people during the last 30 days in the southern Arizona desert as summer temperatures have reach perilous levels, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials. Officials said agents rescued 52 of the 177 just in the last week, when temperatures soared near 110 degrees Fahrenheit.  The recent rescues by the Tucson sector of the Border Patrol reflect a larger trend. Agents from the sector have performed 372 rescues during the current fiscal year.
WORLD
April 17, 2014 | By Steven Borowiec
SEOUL - Divers struggled against strong currents and murky waters Friday morning in an effort to locate 271 people reported missing after a ferry sank off South Korea's southwestern coast. Water and weather conditions were making it difficult for divers to reach the Sewol, which sank Wednesday about 12 miles off the coast with 475 passengers aboard, many of whom were high school students on a field trip. The death toll rose to 25, with some bodies floating to the water's surface.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - The Kaufmans are again defending their decision to attempt a round-the-world sailing venture with their two young children - a voyage that ended with the family being rescued hundreds of miles at sea when 1-year-old Lyra became sick. In Twitter messages Thursday, Charlotte Kaufman and her husband, Eric, said they "have been happy with the maritime life we have been able to share with our daughters.  ... Children have been sailing on boats for a long time and the modern cruising family dates back several decades.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - Under persistent questioning from reporters, the executive officer of the Navy ship that rescued a family off its disabled sailboat 1,000 miles off Mexico said he would not have brought his own children on a similar trip. "For one thing, I don't own a sailboat," said Lt. Cmdr. Daryl Robbin, a 26-year U.S. Navy veteran. "For another, I know how big the ocean is. " Robbin was addressing reporters Wednesday after the arrival of the guided-missile frigate Vandegrift.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2014 | By Robin Abcarian, This post has been updated, as noted below
Welcome home, Kaufman family! Today, as my colleague Tony Perry reports, the Navy warship that rescued Eric and Charlotte Kaufman and their two tiny daughters, made port in San Diego. In order to dodge a media scrum, Perry relates, the Kaufmans were dropped off at the Naval Air Station North Island, before the ship docked at its home port, the 32nd Street Naval Station, across San Diego Bay. They will not just be arriving home in San Diego; they will also be sailing (metaphorically, this time)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2014 | By Tony Perry, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
SAN DIEGO -- The sick baby whose rescue at sea required the assistance of the Coast Guard, Navy, and Air National Guard is set to return to San Diego on Wednesday aboard the Navy ship Vandegrift. The girl's condition has stabilized, officials said. Eric and Charlotte Kaufman and their two daughters will disembark when the ship docks at Naval Air Station North Island to take on ordnance for an upcoming deployment. RELATED: Parents of sick 1-year-old defend sailing trip after Navy rescue [Updated, 9:05 a.m. April 9: The ship will then sail across San Diego Bay to its home port at the 32 nd Street Naval Station, where dozens of journalists will await.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - The guided-missile frigate Vandegrift returned here Wednesday with 15 officers, 190 enlisted sailors and a sick baby named Lyra. The rescue of the 1-year-old and her family from their crippled sailboat hundreds of miles out at sea was accomplished by a joint effort of the Coast Guard, California Air National Guard and the Navy, which redirected the Vandegrift from a training mission off Southern California. Avoiding the news media, Eric and Charlotte Kaufman and their two daughters - Lyra and 3-year-old Cora - disembarked at Naval Air Station North Island.
NEWS
July 20, 1988 | DOUGLAS SHUIT, Times Staff Writer
A former deliveryman with a penchant for taking down license numbers emerged Tuesday as the hero in the rescue of two kidnaped girls, one of them Candi Talarico, a 4-year-old whose kidnaping six weeks ago touched off a nationwide search.
NEWS
September 1, 1995 | Special to The Times
A retired Glendale firefighter crawled through the front door of a neighbor's burning mobile home early Thursday and pulled a woman to safety as flames devoured the structure. Julia Helmuth, 59, was in critical but stable condition Thursday night at UC Irvine Medical Center's burn unit. Firefighters said she is alive because of the quick actions of Dan R.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - The guided-missile frigate Vandegrift returned here Wednesday with 15 officers, 190 enlisted sailors and a sick baby named Lyra. The 1-year-old's rescue from her family's crippled sailboat hundreds of miles out at sea was accomplished by a joint effort of the Coast Guard, California Air National Guard, and, finally, the Navy, which redirected the Vandegrift from its training mission off Southern California. Eric and Charlotte Kaufman and their two daughters - Lyra and 3-year-old Cora - disembarked at the Naval Air Station North Island when the ship docked to take on ordnance for an upcoming anti-drug-smuggling deployment off South America.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- The sick baby rescued from a crippled sailboat hundreds of miles at sea is in stable condition aboard the frigate Vandegrift, which is set to return to its home port here Wednesday, officials announced Monday afternoon. The 1-year-old girl was suffering from a high fever and a severe rash when her parents made a distress call Thursday to the Coast Guard. By Thursday night, four men from the California Air National Guard trained as paramedics had parachuted into the ocean and were aboard the sailboat.
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