Lost Hikers' Rescued from Tom Sloan Saddle - June 5, 2017

On Monday June 5th, 2017, just before 8:00PM the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team was activated for the search for two hikers in the area of Switzer Falls, in the Angeles National Forest. The two hikers had called the Altadena Sheriff's Station and stated they were on a three hour hike and become lost. The hikers, a 23 year old male residing in West Hills and 24 y/o male residing in Winnetka were able to send a text message with their location. AMRT members plotted the hikers’ location to be on Tom Sloan Saddle, approximately 3/4 of a mile off the Mt. Lowe Fire Road.


When rescuers reached the hikers they said they were part of a four person hiking group, and had become separated from their two friends they were hiking with, and the location of the friends was not known. The first two hikers were given water, and were able to hike out to the rescue vehicles on their own. The rescued hikers’ were medically cleared by rescue team members and were driven to Altadena Sheriff’s Station. Within thirty minutes of locating the first two hikers, cell phone contact was made the remaining two hikers, a 25 year old male and a 20 year old female both residing in El Monte. The second pair of hikers were not lost and able to hike out of Switzer Falls on their own. All the hikers were not injured and were released just after midnight on June 6th.

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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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