Sheriff's Dept.: Three Separate Rescues in One Hour

Authorities rescued hikers in need of help in relatively close proximity over a week ago and in quick succession.

Helicopter rescue crew deputies really received a workout July 13 as they rescued three hikers, two injured and one stranded, in the course of an hour.

The was initiated at 1 p.m. July 13 with the report that a male hiker from Pasadena who reportedly fell 80 feet to the bottom of Eaton Falls, north of Altadena. Receiving moderate trauma injuries, the hiker was flown out by Sheriff's Air Rescue 5.

Almost immediately after the Pasadena man was rescued, a second hiker was seen perched precariously on a cliff in Eaton Canyon, officials said. The hiker faced a 150-foot drop below. The hiker was allegedly unable to move. A rescue air deputy was lowered from the helicopter to the stranded hiker, also a resident of Pasadena.

The stranded hiker was secured and lifted to safety.

With both parties lifted into the helicopter, authorities transported the injured to an area hospital for treatment.

While at the hospital delivering the trauma victim, Air Rescue 5 was notified of a hiker who reportedly fell over 60 feet, this time in the Chantry Flats Campground area at the base of Hermit Falls above Arcadia. A deputy paramedic was lowered down to the victim, a resident of Moorpark, he was treated at the scene and taken to an area hospital.

"As the summer temperatures begin to rise more and more people are utilizing the forest for recreation. Please, Hike Safely and Don't Hike Beyond Your Abilities and Equipment," officials said in a press release.

Huntington City July 29, 2012 at 11:52 AM
LASD will have 3 Super Puma helos to take over as Air 5, supposed to be August, but behind schedule. Crews are being trained in Canada as we speak.
Peter Wilson July 31, 2012 at 10:00 PM
Chris, I have to object to this comment. As others have mentioned, there are other genuine reasons the emergency services such as Air Rescue 5 are critical. After a series of unfortunate mechanical issues to my friends mountain bike, that no amount of preparedness or spares could prevent, we found ourselves on-foot deep in the hills. We had enough water and food, but after 8 hours of exposure we were feeling under pressure with another several hours on foot to descend down into Monrovia. We found some cell phone reception and called in our location and that we were under pressure. Air Rescue 5 located us an hour later and the paramedic who rappelled down made the decision to bring us off the mountain. I'm very grateful they came by and spared us another few agonizing hours of exposure. I can't explain to you the list of unfortunate punctures, tire and tube failures, we had to the same wheel that exhausted all our repair options left us basically on foot. I'm a rider and a racer having accumulated over 1300 miles and 260,000 vertical ft this year on the mountain bike, most of which in the San Gabriels. Not everyone who finds themselves in a difficult situation is the idiot in sneakers who climbs the Eaton Canyon waterfall and gets it wrong.
Bob Musselman July 31, 2012 at 10:23 PM
Peter is spot on. Experienced bikers and hikers who take appropriate precautions and still find themselves in a bind is what Air Rescue 5 should be all about. It's a really difficult decision to call for help when you think you may self-sufficient but aren't sure and time is running out. But less costly than waiting until you are in extremis. Good decision.
Huntington City August 01, 2012 at 07:55 AM
Air 5 crews are trained for alot more than mountain rescues. They are vital for SWAT, counter terrorism, homeland security, offshore rescues etc. (They even brought Michael Jackson from body UCLA to the Coroners Office)
Gabhlan August 14, 2012 at 04:32 AM
I'm with Otis. Bill the foolish few that gobble up our limited resources. Cite the offenders and have the courts determine the appropriate penalties..


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