The period of April 5-9, 2014 proved to be a busy one for AMRT. Below is a recap of the operatons the team was involved in during that five day stretch.
The Sheriff's department received a call shortly after 10pm stating the sounds of a woman screaming and gunshots were heard in the area of Cobb Estate. A page was sent out asking for available sworn members of AMRT to respond to assist LASD with clearing Cobb Estate and the surrounding terrain. The road from the entrance to Cobb Estate up to the water tank was cleared, with no one found.
A helicopter was called in to sweep the area with infrared, and located a group of individuals under a tree. Contact was made by AMRT members on scene, and after it was determined they were not a threat they were directed to leave the area.
AMRT, along with members of LASD, continued to clear the areas of Los Flores Canyon and Sam Merrill Trail. The source of the person screaming and the gun shots was not discovered.
A call was received at 2:24pm for 2 injured hikers by the second waterfall in Eaton Canyon. Air 5 was called and notified of the operation, at which point they responded. AMRT proceeded to Pinecrest Gate to liaison with County Fire and Forestry Service. Once on scene, we were informed that Air 5 had lowered a medic to the location of the victim, a 36 year old female with a broken ankle. The victim was attended to by the medic on scene and airlifted to Huntington Memorial Hospital.
While on the first call a second call came in at 3:12pm for an individual hanging on a cliff in the area of Millard Canyon. With the operation in Eaton Canyon under control, members of AMRT, along with Montrose SAR and County Fire, responded to Brown Mountain Trail.
Ground units began searching the area indicated by the informant while a county helicopter searched from the air. The victim was located by the helicopter, which proceeded to hoist the 22 year old male and transport him to a safe landing zone.
The victim had become lost and wandered off trail and became stranded on a steep mountainside. He only sustained minor scratches and refused transport to the hospital.
Call came in for 2 hikers stranded above the first waterfall in Eaton Canyon. AMRT responded to the location specified by the informant. While in route communication with Air 5 was established. Based on the location of the victims and the proximity of Air 5 to the scene it was determined an air rescue would be the best option.
AMRT headed to Farnsworth Park to clear a landing zone and receive the victims. Upon making contact with the helicopter, it was then determined that there were in fact 4 victims, all college students at Caltech.
After assessing their condition all 4 victims were released.