LA firefighter hospitalized after water training

A Los Angeles city firefighter has been hospitalized after getting trapped under the water in a concrete aqueduct during a swift water rescue training session.

Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey said Tuesday that the 40-year-old man was rescued by his colleagues near the Jensen Filtration plant in Mission Hills.

The firefighter was conscious and breathing when as he was airlifted to a hospital and is expected to survive.

Humphrey says all department firefighters go through the training at the plant to prepare for swift water rescues in the city's hundreds of miles of flood control channels.

He says the firefighters take turns rescuing each other and the man who was caught under water was one of the trainers running the exercise.

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