Couple's Outdoorsy First Date Ends in Death

His date watched as he was swept away in California
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 9, 2015 8:25 AM CDT
San Bernardino County deputies and bystanders lift a vehicle where a man was believed to be trapped yesterday in Hesperia, Calif.   (David Pardo/The Victor Valley Daily Press via AP)
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(Newser) – A couple's first date in California's San Bernardino National Forest turned out to be anything but romantic yesterday as the remains of Hurricane Linda sent a storm of heavy rain and hail over the area. While hiking in Forest Falls, east of Los Angeles, the pair became trapped in a flash flood and attempted to cross a waist-deep river runoff hand in hand, a fire official tells NBC Los Angeles. The current soon pulled both underwater and the frantic woman watched as her date was swept away. An off-duty police officer heard her screams and was able to pull her from the water, while another hiker also ran to help. "We just found her in a state of shock," he says.

Police called off the search for the Rancho Cucamonga man, 29, when a body was found about a mile from where he vanished, report KABC and CBS Los Angeles. A hiker's backpack was also found. Also in San Bernardino County yesterday, fire officials say they had to rescue an individual whose vehicle was swept away in a flash flood, per the AP. NBC Los Angeles reports a man—it's not clear if he's the same person—exited his vehicle and was swept into a storm drain. He was found alive, though his current condition is unknown. A flash flood warning is still in effect for the area; trees have been uprooted and streets are still filled with water. (This first date also ended badly.)

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