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Rescuers Find Lost Hikers in Switzer Falls

One man was found in rugged terrain and hoisted into a helicopter, authorities said.

Rescuers Thursday found two brothers who spent the night in the Angeles National Forest a few miles north of La Canada Flintridge after getting lost on a hike.

The men, ages 54 and 48, had gone on a day hike to the Switzer Falls area on Wednesday and failed to return at 5:30 p.m. as planned, said sheriff's Sgt. Debra Herman of theĀ .

Family members reported them missing late Wednesday night, and a search was organized. About 6:40 this morning, rescuers found one man, and hoisted him from rugged terrain into a helicopter, Herman said. His brother was found a short time later, and was also brought to safety. Both are OK. Neither man is an experienced hiker, Herman said. One man is from the La Canada area, and the other was visiting from out of state, Herman said.

Laura Monteros August 17, 2012 at 12:31 AM
Do you know which rescue team rescued them? 'Cuz this morning, KTLA was reporting the hikers were above SCHWEITZER Falls and that the Sierra Madre Search & Rescue was there. Think it's probably Montrose, no? Shows how much those Hollywood types know about the San Gabriel Mountains. ;-)
Dan Abendschein (Editor) August 17, 2012 at 12:36 AM
Laura, I love to mock local TV news for their lack of knowledge of local places and institutions (and SCHWEITZER falls, hilarious!) but they are probably right. Sierra Madre S and R seems to get around quite a bit, even more than Altadena's team, I think. Montrose was also surely up there, but it would not shock me if Sierra Madre got the assist.
CitizenK August 17, 2012 at 02:59 PM
The LASD SAR teams each have their primary response areas but may be requested as mutual aid resources by any of the other teams. They may also be requested by the California Emergency Management Agency (CalEMA) to assist outside LA County. Montrose was the primary team on this call but Sierra Madre provided assistance.
Otis August 17, 2012 at 10:19 PM
I can't even comprehend how embarrisng it must be to tell someone you got lost at Switzer falls. Unbelieveable.
Sam Burgess August 19, 2012 at 03:59 AM
Please excuse my naivete but how does one get lost at Switzer Falls?

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