AMRT responds to call for hikers stuck on a hillside in Eaton Canyon - 6-17-2016

Eaton Canyon June 17, 2016

On 06/17/16 at 1040 hours the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team was activated for the rescue of two hikers stranded on a steep hillside in Eaton Canyon in the Angeles National Forest.  The hikers, a 20 y/o male and 22 y/o female, both residing in the Eagle Rock area of Los Angeles were stuck approximately 50 feet above the bottom of the canyon.  The hikers were attempting reach the upper waterfall, in the closed area of Eaton Canyon, when they became stranded.  They were located clinging to small bushes on the steep hillside. Rescuers were able to reach the two victims and safely hike them down with assistance from an anchored rope line..  The hikers were not injured and hiked out of the canyon on their own.  This incident concluded at 1300 hours on 06/17/16

***Please note it is illegal to hike above the canyon bottom in Eaton Canyon*** There is no hiking trail that leads to the second falls and doing so may result in a fine up to $5,000.00, injury, or even death

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AMRT responds to call for hiker impaled by pencil - May 2, 2016

Just after 12 noon on Monday May 2nd, the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team responded to a call for a female hiker injured in Eaton Canyon. It was reported that the hiker slipped and fell, landing on her back. While most injuries are directly caused by the fall, this particular situation was different. A pencil in her backpack penetrated the pack and impaled her lower back. Estimates by the treating medic were that it was nearly 3 inches into her lower back. 

Los Angeles County Fire ground crews on scene treated the victim, and called in Air Recue 5. Once on scene, Air 5 hoisted the victim and transported her to Huntington Memorial Hospital for treatment. 

 

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AMRT Responds to call for hiker with injured knee in the area of Dawn Mine - May 1, 2016

Altadena Mountain Rescue Team responded to a call for a female hiker with a knee injuyr located near Dawn Mine. Field crews searched the area north of the mine, while Air Rescue 5 searched the south end of the canyon.

Air 5 located the victim approximately 1/2 mile south of the mine and hoised her into the helocipter. She was transported to Farnsworth Park, at which time she was treated by members of the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team and Los Angeles County Fire. She was then transported by ambulance to Huntington Memorial Hospital

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Tragic ending in the search for a missing mountain biker - January 29-30, 2016

The Altadena Mountain Rescue Team received notification of a missing mountain biker Friday January 29th just before 9:00PM. Team members responded to the AMRT headquarters and began prepping for a late night search. Because of the large amount of terrain to be searched, AMRT called in Montrose SAR to assist.

Based on information from the missing mountain bikers riding partner, teams were deployed to various locations to cover as much ground as possible.

While rescuers searched throughout the night, the team leader began to prep for increased efforts at first light. Calls were made to surrounding teams, with support from Sierra Madre, San Dimas, Santa Clarita and Malibu arriving for a 7:00AM deployment.

LASD Air Rescue 5 was utilized to insert teams into the mountains and expand the search to cover more trails and recanvas trails initially searched in the dark.

Members of the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team had prepared a missing persons flyer from images provided of the missing person with his bike. These were distributed at first light to hikers and bikers at the trailheads.

Shortly after 10:00AM on Saturday January 30th, a call was received from a mountain biker who noticed a tire in the bushes. The informant had heard about the missing person from others on the trail that had handouts. Upon further inspection, he discovered the bike and body of the missing mountain biker.

Two members from AMRT were a short distance away, and upon arrival secured the scene while Air Rescue 5 dropped a paramedic down to the location. The paramedic pronounced the missing mountain biker at the scene. He was later transported via Air Rescue 5 to Farnsworth Park. The cause of death was not known at the time the operation was concluded.

The Altadena Mountain Rescue Team would like to thank everyone who responded to aid in the search. It is never a good day when the end of an operation is a recovery and not a rescue. Our hearts go out the victim and his family.

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Church group members saved by Altadena Mountain Rescue Team – December 5, 2015

The Altadena Mountain Rescue Team received a call at 4:45PM on December 5th regarding three hikers stranded atop the waterfall in Eaton Canyon, in the Angeles National Forest. AMRT, along with the Parks Bureau, responded into the area, establishing a command post at the Eaton Canyon Nature Center. The lost hikers, part of a 50 person church group, separated from the main group and become stranded atop the falls, unable to get down.

Altadena Mountain Rescue Team members hiked up canyon and made the difficult ascent up to the top of the falls. Because of terrain erosion over the recent months from heavy rains, portions of the trail were no longer considered passable by the members on scene. After scouting a location suitable for an anchor, members rappelled down to the victims, ages 12, 26 and 26. All three were uninjured, however, all were complaining of being cold as the temperatures dropped into the low 50’s and neither was dressed appropriately. The victims were provide with warm clothing while a lowering system was rigged to get them safely to canyon bottom.

Once on canyon bottom, the victims were hiked out and then transported to the command post at the Nature Center, where they were reunited with the waiting members of their group.

This operation concluded at 9:45PM

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