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.