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Sunday, March 5, 2017

Two Helicopter Rescues above Altadena, a Cliffhanger and Injured Hiker

Photo provided by Sheriff'S Air Rescue 5. @SEBLASD (Twitter)

Photo provided by Sheriff’S Air Rescue 5. @SEBLASD (Twitter)

Today at 9:40 a.m. Altadena Mountain Rescue Team was called for the rescue of an injured hiker at the Eaton Canyon Waterfall, in the Angeles National Forest.

Pasadena Fire Department, Altadena and Sierra Madre Search and Rescue hiked into canyon, however Sheriff’s Air Rescue 5 located 25 year-old female hiker with possible left tibia / fibula fracture.

The hiker was walking when she tripped and injured her left leg. The hiker was hoisted by Air 5 and flown to a nearby hospital.

Most of the Altadena and Sierra Madre Rescue Teams were attending an all day Mountain Rescue Association recertification training in Barstow.

Both rescue teams regularly help each other when one of the teams is busy or needs additional rescuers.

Two hours later at 12:10 pm Altadena Mountain Rescue Team was called for a cliff rescue in the area of Mt Lowe and a waterfall, no further details.

Sierra Madre Search and Rescue Team was activated to assist, and was able to determine the cliff rescue was located in Rubio Canyon in the Angeles National Forest. Sierra Madre team requested assistance from Sheriff’s Air Rescue 5 and Air 5 soon located the hiker in Rubio Canyon.

The hiker, 52 year-old female resident of Azusa was uninjured and hoisted to safety then flown to Farnsworth Park in Altadena. The hiker was transported back to her vehicle by an Altadena patrol Deputy Rathbun.

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