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Spanish Visitor Rescues Elderly Man Who Jumped Off Venice Pier

A visitor from Spain jumped off the Venice Pier to rescue an elderly man who leaped into the ocean.

An elderly man who jumped from the Venice Pier on Wednesday morning was rescued with the help of a Spanish visitor who leaped into the ocean to save him.

The man jumped about 9:28 a.m. as a group of people were admiring the 440-foot luxury yacht Serene anchored off Venice Beach, said Dan Pepper, an eyewitness at the scene. Pepper said he and Spanish visitor Jonathan LePage came up with a plan that called for LePage to strip down to his boxer shorts and jump in after the man, while Pepper would take responsibility for calling 911.

A Los Angeles Police Department helicopter and two LAPD patrol cars responded to the pier and helped coordinate efforts with the Los Angeles County Fire Department's Lifeguard Division, Pepper said

The man was pulled from the water about 9:37 a.m. and was taken to a hospital for examination, a lifeguard dispatcher said.

Pepper said LePage showed signs of hypothermia and was shaking wildly under blankets after the rescue. LePage and his friends from Fresno were in Los Angeles to attend the taping of ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! show Thursday.

Max Bean February 23, 2012 at 02:44 PM
What selfless act. Thank you!
Todd von Hoffmann February 24, 2012 at 06:15 AM
If the rescuer dove into the Hudson while in NYC to see "The Colbert Report" it would be a clear case of selfless heroism. But in LA to see "Jimmy Kimmel"? Then both players in this drama need to seek psychological examinations.

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