At approximately 10:35am on Wednesday October 28th, a call came in for an injured mountain biker on the Lower Sam Merrill Trail, approximately 2 miles from the trailhead.
AMRT, along with ground crews from LA County Fire, hiked in from the trailhead at Lake and Alta Loma while a second crew from AMRT drove up the Mt. Lowe fire road to approach the victim from above.
LA County Sheriff’s Air Rescue 5 began a search from the air, and was able to locate the victim, approximately 30 feet over the side of the trail. A medic was lowered down to attend to the mountain biker, who was then hoisted into the helicopter and transported to Huntington Memorial Hospital. The victim, a 51 year old male from Alhambra, received numerous scratches along with a punctured left lung from his fall.
With the victim safely on his way to the hospital, AMRT continued to the scene of the incident to retrieve his bike and personal belongings and return them to him at Huntington Memorial.
According to the victim’s statement to AMRT, he was riding up the narrow Lower Sam Trail and had moved to one side to allow hikers to pass. Upon putting his foot down and finding nothing there, he fell approximately 30 feet over the side.
This operation concluded at approximately 2:00PM