HOMELESS MAN SWEPT AWAY BY SURGING RUNOFF IN FLOOD-CONTROL CHANNEL

[1/10/17]  A woman scrambled to safety but her boyfriend was declared missing Monday after a river of water swept them away as they slept in the surging Dominguez Channel in El Camino Village, police said.

Three divers in the water, along with firefighters and police officers in the air and on the shore, searched unsuccessfully for the man for nearly three hours.

Police identified him as Alming Jason Dakers, 37. Dakers and his unidentified girlfriend were sleeping in the wash near El Camino College when they were knocked into the water about 5 a.m., Gardena police Lt. Vince Osorio said.

The rapidly moving current pushed the couple more than a mile through the channel, which goes east through Gardena and Harbor Gateway and south through Carson to the Port of Long Beach.

The woman managed to grab onto a ladder at the side of the wash, save herself and climb out at Artesia Boulevard and Normandie Avenue. Residents in the 1300 block of Cassidy Avenue heard her screams and called police, but officers could not initially locate her, Osorio said.


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