Saturday evening, while team members were prepping to support the Angeles Crest 100 endurance race, a call came in to headquarters regarding three hikers stuck in Eaton Canyon above the first falls. We were able to make cell phone contact with the victims to determine their exact location and instructed them to conserve their phones battery if we should have the need to contact them later.
Once on site, and as we approached the base of Acrophobia Ridge, we were able to make voice contact with the victims. Members of the team headed up Acrophobia Ridge while other members prepped the high line gear and headed to the base of the falls to get better voice contact and hopefully visual contact with the victims.
At the base of the lower falls, we were able to get solid voice and visual contact with the victims. They were instructed to stay in their current location, on the canyon wall between the upper and lower falls, as crews were making their way to them.
When it was determine they victims were uninjured, team members worked to get all three victims to canyon bottom above the lower falls. Once on canyon bottom, it was decided the best option would be to lower each victim, with a rescuer, over the lower falls. Because of low water flow this time of year, it proved to be the safest option.
All three victims were safely lowered to canyon bottom, and escorted out to their vehicle. By the time this operation completed, it was nearly 1:00 A.M. Sunday.