15 People Rescued in Angeles National Forest Over Weekend

After months of relative quiet, local search and rescue teams along with Sheriff's Department helicopter teams rescued 15 people over the weekend.

Sheriff's Department and local search and rescue volunteers rescued 15 lost hikers in five separate incidents in the Angeles National Forest over the weekend.

The unusually high level of activity happened over a 28-hour period starting Saturday afternoon, according to a department media release.

Here are details of the five incidents:

1) On Saturday afternoon, a seriously injured man flagged down a car on the Angeles Crest Highway and told the driver two other hikers nearby were badly injured.  Two of the men were hospitalized, while one was found dead.  They had fallen several hundred feet into a ravine while hiking.  More details can be

2) On Saturday night, three teen hikers got lost in Eaton Canyon after dark and had to be walked out by the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team.  For more details .

3) Also, on Saturday night, a group of boy scouts and adult leaders got lost in separated from the rest of their troop in the Mt. Wilson area.  They were assisted by Montrose Search and Rescue.  .

4) On Sunday, four boys were airlifted off an Azusa Canyon cliff after they climbed into a place they could not get down from.

5) Also on Sunday, three teens climbed into a closed-off cliff area near Millard Canyon and got stuck.  One was airlifted out and two were taken out by an Altadena Mountain Rescue Team rope team.  More details from our and .

Blahblahblah April 03, 2012 at 04:57 AM
if youre in a car accident and need help you should be imprisoned for one year. how dare you get the firefighters off the couch!
Blahblahblah April 03, 2012 at 04:58 AM
helicopters are only for catching speeders, not for aiding citizens in distress. you're on your own.
Blahblahblah April 03, 2012 at 05:12 AM
bob, when you call the cops or any other public agency for help I'd like to see them ignore you since youre such a self righteous ayn rand style survivalist. you don't understand how modern societies function. youre naive to think that just carrying the 10 essentials will prevent injuries.
Nico April 04, 2012 at 07:45 AM
No money is being wasted in these situations. the rescuers are using lost/stranded hikers as practice for a real disaster. They can't just sit around reading comic books and keep in top shape. And, if they drop an occasional hiker by mistake, well, lesson well learned!
Glenn Rueger April 06, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Nico, that's something I had not considered. Thanks for the info.


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