Diabetic Man Rescued From Eaton Canyon

Man was taken to an area hospital after being found by rescuers.

An elderly hiker was airlifted earlier today from Eaton Canyon after suffering from complications due to his diabetes.

Officials at the were informed by a fellow hiker of the ailing man around 10 a.m. The Asian man in his 60s was on the ground and vomiting, said Deputy Fajardo of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Fire fighters and Altadena Search and Rescue members went into the canyon, where the man was said to be near the waterfalls, deputies said.

The sick hiker was located and eventually flown by a Sheriff's rescue helicopter by 12:30 p.m. The man was flown to Huntington Memorial Hospital, Fajardo said.

Natalie August 19, 2012 at 05:11 AM
I had some visitors come to stay from out of town recently. What should we do? Rather than visit Disneyland, I suggested we go to Eaton Canyon to watch a helicopter rescue; the chances of catching one at the weekend are high. But it's good to know we're being looked after when things go wrong. one day I, myself, may need that ride to the Huntington.
Peggy Sue Davis August 19, 2012 at 03:28 PM
A hiker in his 60s is elderly? Please!
Sam Burgess August 19, 2012 at 03:52 PM
Dan, Does Patch's policy allow commercial organization (i.e. gerardedesco, above) to post ads (posing as comments) on a blog?
Dan Abendschein (Editor) August 19, 2012 at 04:21 PM
@Sam - No. Thanks for pointing it out. I just deleted it.
Mary Brandenburg August 19, 2012 at 04:42 PM
Hi Dan, gerardtedesco has done this all over the country on the Patch.
Malcolm August 19, 2012 at 05:01 PM
60? I guess that makes me a mummy.
D Shelley August 20, 2012 at 05:25 AM
Thanks to Altadena Search and Rescue for this one! Hope that that "elderly gentleman" (Yikes! I am 58!) is doing well. Question. If we are elderly at 60, what are we at 80 and 90? Can't we just be described as"older"? Imagine if we were toddlers, adolescents, or teenagers for 30 years.... We only get to be a teen for seven years, but we can be elderly for 30 or more? Where's the justice in THAT?!? :-)
Carroll Brown August 20, 2012 at 04:48 PM
Thank U Peggy Sue. I appreciate your comment. LOL!!!!
Carroll Brown August 20, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Okay, let's get real here folks. I remember when Dr. Martin Luther King was assasinated and he was only 39 years old. I thought he was an old geezer at that age and here I am at 70 and everyone looks young to me. :o) It's where one is in life and the person who described the hiker as being elderly in his 60s is probably in his 20s.
Laura Hodge August 20, 2012 at 06:44 PM
how 'bout reporting just the facts? " a 60 year old man". the reader can apply their own judgement if they wish...
Nico August 20, 2012 at 08:19 PM
I am sure that this "author" would also classify 63 year-old Diana Nyad as elderly. Currently, Diana is in the middle of an open water swim from Cuba to Florida, an attempt to be the first person ever to cross that body of water -- apprx. 103 miles. http://www.diananyad.com/swim.
Trevor waldron August 31, 2012 at 10:09 PM
My dad was the man airlifted. out back in the beginning of June. He spent over a Month and a half in the hospital. He is in his late 50'S.
Melody Comfort September 22, 2012 at 05:46 PM
The age conversation aside, Diabetes is a tricky chronic disease to handle. Adversity can occur quickly. If one's blood sugar goes too low, dizziness and weakness can occur, de-stabilizing her/him. Exercise lowers blood sugar. Glucose tablets are portable possible solutions for hikers to bring sugar back to a better level. If blood sugar goes too high, dizziness and nausea can occur. Diabetics should always carry their medications to counteract this. Also, proper hydration is critical for all hikers. If a hiker feels dizzy, drinking water can help to re-stabilize her/him. M.C.


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