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UPDATE: Man Dies After Falling from Eaton Canyon First Water Fall, Wednesday

Man dies from apparent fall at Eaton Canyon. Altadena Sheriff Station still on the scene.

UPDATE:  According to Ed Winter of the LA County Department of Coroner, the 19-year old victim of Wednesday’s fatal fall in Eaton Canyon has been identified as Christian Funes.  As of this morning, the autoposy is still pending. 

UPDATE: The hiker who fell was a 19-year-old man who had been hiking with his family, according to Rich Deleon of the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team, who was still at the scene as of 8:20 p.m.

The hiker had decided to climb up to the upper water falls and his family waited for him below.

He fell right in the same area as one of the fatalities that happened last summer at Eaton Canyon, Deleon said.

The area is a common one for falling hikers, Deleon added, and though the man fell around 150 feet, many others who have done so have survived.

In fact, according to Deleon, another hiker fell earlier on Wednesday from approximately the same area and Deleon and other rescuers ran into him walking away from the scene.  Though injured and taken to the hospital, he survived a similar fall.

UPDATE: According to Lt. Edwards at the Altadena Sheriff's Station, the man who fell at Eaton Canyon this evening was found dead at the scene. 

More information when known.

Reported by City News Service:

A man fell from the first fall in Eaton Canyon in Altadena at 6:07p.m., says Capt. Mark Savage of the Los Angeles County Fire Department. The severity of the man's injuries is not known. Altadena Search and Rescue, including a helicopter, is en route. 

More information when known.

Chris McCann August 09, 2012 at 02:51 AM
I was sitting outside this evening having dinner with my wife and son, and said, "listen, another rescue". My family is getting tired of me saying these words. As is painfully obvious to us all, it is all too often. I came in to read the article to see what was going on, and was shocked and saddened. I have nothing but sympathy for the family that was affected by this tragic news. Thank you to the men and women rescue personnel that stand by on call to help save or recover these young souls infused with so much more bravado than I currently have. I used to engage in risky, daring behavior when I was young, and nobody could tell me that I was going "too far". I'd like to think I have quelled these types of urges, but admittedly the potential thrill sometimes still seems worth it. So many opinions have been posted about this subject, so I won't bother. I have a feeling this incident will bring many. This story is just very sad and tragic, and I can only hope(in vain, likely) it is a long, long time until it happens again.
Michelle Mikki August 09, 2012 at 04:06 AM
This is so very sad. Isn't there some kind of barrier that can be installed in the area where so many people are falling?
Steve Lamb August 09, 2012 at 04:13 AM
WELL They COULD put the rope ladder back......Just saying.
Mimi August 09, 2012 at 04:56 AM
It was just a matter of time. Truly sad.
Donn Risolo August 09, 2012 at 04:56 AM
Things have gone beyond ridiculous. Close Eaton Canyon falls until authorities--or the general public--can come up with a solution. Give the thought process two months. No one in their right mind should be tramping up Eaton Canyon in August-September temperatures of up to 100 degrees anyway. At present, Eaton Canyon remains an irresistible magnet for young daredevils. If no adequate solution is reached, at the very least a moratorium might help break this cycle of stupidity.
Erik F August 09, 2012 at 05:13 AM
From what i heard he did not fall by the second falls, he fell on the ridge going back towards the nature center. Putting the ropes back will only encourage more people to go up there because it is "safer".
C. Norris August 09, 2012 at 01:41 PM
I hear that someone posted signs up there. Supposedly everyone has seen them, including the first kid who feel and lived yesterday.
Dickinson August 09, 2012 at 02:12 PM
who is lt edwards at altadena station? Lt White and Lt Allen but don't know Lt Edwards.
doris finch August 09, 2012 at 03:09 PM
It isn't possible to legislate foolishness. Closing the canyon would punish the many who still enjoy the canyon safely and have done so for years. Loss [waste] of another life saddens me as it does all of us. I don't think there is signage warning of the dangers, but I haven't been as far as the falls for a long time. It would be useful to include the number of recent fatalities and severe injuries on a sign. Some form of forcing responsibility for risky behaviour, such as a big fine or months of community service for reimbursing the County for costs, might also be logical. Please don't recommend taking it out on responsible hikers, scouts, cyclists, dog walkers, church groups and bird watchers.
ezio giraldo August 09, 2012 at 04:13 PM
used to be easy. but some one cut att the ropes
ezio giraldo August 09, 2012 at 04:16 PM
it takes mountaineering skills to scale the upper portion. though i have seen lots of kids navigate that ridge. the mountain has and always will be there. why close it to everybody just because less than a hanndful of people in a decade had accidents
ezio giraldo August 09, 2012 at 04:20 PM
tragic but its a minor risk. if you have no mountaineering experience or climbing skills and wish to gamble with the mountain your on your own. who ever suggested closing down the park is a fool. dont want an accident. stay on designated trails
yeahian August 09, 2012 at 05:37 PM
did the spike in deaths happen after the ropes were removed.Iam going to go climb this today and see first hand.
Simplyvanny August 09, 2012 at 06:05 PM
He was my friend.
not Carl Peterson lll August 09, 2012 at 07:43 PM
It's deja-vu all over again...again...again.... Someone died in the canyon again Its over 100 degrees again... polititions and cable t.v. news are polarizing again....... Remember the twilight zone where its the same day over, and over......?....
ezio giraldo August 09, 2012 at 08:15 PM
the first time i climbed to the upper falls the ropes made it very easy. rock in the san gabriels is brittle and crumbles easy. so with out ropes and even more exposed ridge. its a very dangerous ridge
Donn Risolo August 09, 2012 at 09:36 PM
With all due respect to Ms. Finch and Mr. Giraldo, I suggested that access to Eaton Canyon falls be closed for only the two lousiest hiking months of the year while a serious attempt is made at coming up with a solution. If that's excessive, then have park officials administer IQ tests of everyone headed there to weed out the knuckleheads who, in Mr. Giraldo's words, have a need to "leave designated trails."
Natalie C August 12, 2012 at 02:58 AM
Because this death was so sudden and so unexpected  The victims family is not prepared at all for the funeral expenses, his family would really appreciate any donation Please follow the link if you are willing to donate  http://www.youcaring.com/fundraiser_details?fundraiser_id=7300&url=ripchristianingleton&fb_action_ids=318732548222254&fb_action_types=og.likes&fb_source=timeline_og&action_object_map=%7B%22318732548222254%22%3A10151155201115395%7D&action_type_map=%7B%22318732548222254%22%3A%22og.likes%22%7D&action_ref_map=%5B%5D Thank u ! it is really appreciated 
M. King August 13, 2012 at 12:33 AM
Just the weekend prior I know for a fact that THREE danger signs were put up in the middle of the paths. That means these last two victims deliberately passed them without concern. You can't help people help themselves if they don't want it.
Lorraine Pozniak August 14, 2012 at 12:08 AM
I don't know if this can be accomplished on a county, state, federal or even a volunteer level, but I think it's time that "lifeguards", for lack of a better term, be posted in the area to prevent people from doing what they shouldn't be doing. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and it would certainly be cheaper than sending choppers and rescuers to the area every day (or so it seems...)
Bryan Ingleton September 15, 2013 at 04:23 PM
he was my older brother

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