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Man Dies After Aqueduct Plunge

From a Times Staff Writer

A man in his 20s died Saturday after emergency workers pulled him from a vehicle that had plunged into the California Aqueduct.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department received a call at 3:55 p.m. about a vehicle submerged in the aqueduct near Pearblossom Highway, officials said.

A passing California Highway Patrol officer and an off-duty Marine dived into the water to try to locate the vehicle, but were hampered by water that was “extremely cold, in the 40-degree range, with zero visibility,” said Fire Capt. Mark Savage.

A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department diver who was flown by helicopter to the scene pulled the man in full cardiac arrest from the vehicle about 4:30 p.m., Savage said.

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The victim was taken by helicopter to Antelope Valley Medical Center, where he later was pronounced dead.

Divers searched the water until authorities determined that there were no other occupants in the vehicle.


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