15 hikers rescued from Eaton Canon - November 10, 2014

The page went out to team members just after 10pm on Sunday November 9th for group of hikers stranded in Eaton Canyon. Members of the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team responded and began their search. Because of poor visibility, air support was not an option and we would rely solely on a ground search

The missing group, comprised of 15 individuals with ages ranging from 16-35, had been canyoneering Eaton Canyon and was unable to get out of the canyon before darkness set in. Cold and wet, and still deep in the canyon, they had decided to call for help.

After searching through the night, the decision was made to call in Montrose and Sierra Madre to assist with the continued ground search. Once the fog had cleared, air support was called in to search from above.

LASD Air Rescue 5 was able to locate the group in a remote portion of the canyon and began to airlift them from their location. Shortly after 10am all 15 members of the group were safely reunited with their friends and family.

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Search for lost hiker in the area of Echo Mountain - June 5, 2014

Search for lost hiker in the area of Echo Mountain - June 5, 2014
The page went out to the team just before 9pm on Sunday October 5th for a lost hiker in the vicinity of Echo Mountain. The male victim had been hiking on the Lower Sam Merrill trail when he decided to deviate from the established trail. The victim soon found himself stuck, unable to make his way down to canyon bottom or back up to the trail. He was not aware of his exact location, but it was determined he was located within Las Flores Canyon.
AMRT dispatched a team to the area to begin the search for the victim. Because of the large area to be covered in the dark, the decision was made to call in air support to assist with the search. Utilizing FLIR, the helicopter was able to locate the victim on the side of the canyon, approximately 800 feet below. 
With accessibility from above limited, and a 2 hour hike required to reach the victim from below, it was determined the best option was an air rescue. While the victim appeared to be in a stable location, the sooner he was removed from the canyon the better chance he would have of escaping without injury. 
The victim was hoisted from his location and transported to Farnsworth Park, where AMRT had cleared a landing zone and received the victim from the helicopter. 
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The first weekend of summer proves to be a busy one for AMRT - Weekend recap - June 19-21, 2014

June 19 – At approximately 12:30pm the page went out for a 23 year old male hiker complaining of dehydration in the vicinity of Echo Mountain. AMRT mobilized, and shortly after learned that LASD Air Rescue 5 was in route. Members of the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team met the helicopter at Farnsworth part, where the victim refused medical treatment and signed out against medical advice.

June 19 – As the operation for the dehydrated hiker was wrapping up, another call came in for 4 lost hikers near Panorama Point. They had entered what appeared to be a trail which quickly deteriorated as they worked their way down the slope. Unable to continue down or make the climb back up, they made the decision to call for help. During their ordeal, one of the victims lost his footing and slid 40-50 feet down the slope, suffering lacerations to his hands. Air Rescue 5 was able to extract the victims from their location and transport them to Farnsworth Park. AMRT met the helicopter and transferred injured victim to a waiting ambulance.

June 20 – At 12:32pm a call was received regarding an 18 year old female suffering from a dog bite in Eaton Canyon. Before the team could make it into the field we were informed that she had walked out of the canyon on her own.

June 21 – The page went out at 12:58pm for an 18 year old male who had fallen approximately 20ft in the area of Coyote Canyon. Los Angeles County Fire were first on scene and attended to the victim prior to the arrival of AMRT.

June 21 – Just after 2pm a call was received for 3 lost hikers who were attempting to get to Dawn Mine. AMRT and Air Rescue 5 responded and began the search. Air 5 spotted them in Saucer Branch and began a hoist. Members of AMRT met the helicopter at Farnsworth and transported them back to their vehicle on Chaney Trial.

June 21 – A call came in just before 9pm to assist Montrose Search & Rescue with a search for lost mountain bikers. As teams began to mobilize we had to divert to a call for 4 lost hikers in Eaton Canyon. An informant received a call from one of the victims who stated they were lost above the bridge near the waterfall in Eaton Canyon. AMRT arrived in Eaton Canyon and were able to quickly locate them. They began their hike in the early evening just before sunset and didn't bring flashlights. Without a light source in the canyon after sunset they were unable to find their way out. AMRT walked them down canyon to the team vehicles and transported them to their vehicle near the nature center. As we were finishing the call, we heard that the mountain bikers were located at Switzers.

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AMRT responds to call for lost hikers on the Mt. Wilson Toll Road - June 16, 2014

A call came in at approximately 7pm for two female hikers stranded ½ mile up from the Mt. Wilson Toll Road sign in the Eaton Canyon area. It was reported that they had started from Chantry Flats on the Winter Creek trail in Sierra Madre. Initial attempts to contact the victims proved to be unsuccessful.

AMRT deployed, heading up the Mt. Wilson Toll Road in search of the victims. Eventually contact was made with the victims, and it was determined they were near the fork of the Mt. Wilson and Winter Creek trails, placing them in the area of Sierra Madre Search & Rescue. SMSAR was immediately contact, while AMRT proceeded as an assist to Sierra Madre.

The victims were soon located by AMRT and transported down the Mt. Wilson Toll Road. Members of Sierra Madre Search & Rescue met the team at the Pinecrest Gate, at which time the victims were handed over to them for transport back to their vehicle at Chantry Flats.

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AMRT responds to call for heat exhaustion, the victims in this case were man's best friend - June 8, 2014

  A call came in just after 4pm for two dogs suffering from heat exhaustion on the lower Sam Merrill Trail, approximately 1 mile from the trail head. AMRT responded, and once on scene immediately began tending to the victims. The dogs were given water and cooled with ice packs.

Once it was determined the dogs were out of danger, they were released back to their owners to make their way down the mountain.

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As a reminder to all dog owners as we enter into the hot summer months, bring water not only for yourself but for your four legged companion, and plenty of it.

Heat stroke begins with heavy panting and difficulty breathing, and can also be accompanied with wobbly or uncoordinated gait or movement along with other, more severe symptoms.

Animals should have access to shade and fresh water while outdoors. If the temperature is very warm, outdoor access should be limited to short periods of time. Your dog is wearing a fur coat, and temperatures that are bearable to you can become deadly for your dog.

If you plan to hit the outdoors with your pet, do so in the early morning or evening hours when temperatures are cooler and the sun is not directly overhead. And always bring plenty of water.

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