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Monday, February 13, 2017

Injured Hikers Rescued

Two hikers who twisted their ankles while hiking at different locations in the area of Eaton Canyon were rescued by members of the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team (AMRT) and Los Angeles County rescuers Sunday afternoon.

A post on the Altadena Sheriff’s Station’s Facebook page said the team received the first call at about 2:15 p.m. about a 26-year-old woman who had an ankle injury as she hiked with a 28-year-old man on a dirt trail near Coyote Canyon.

The team couldn’t immediately determine the victim’s exact location because of poor cell phone reception, and the Los Angeles County Fire Department helped in the search.

About 30 minutes later, the AMRT members located the victim and found she had twisted her right ankle during the hike and could not walk out of the canyon. The team attended to her injury and then drove her and her companion to the Eaton Canyon Nature Center where they had parked their vehicle.
The victim said she would seek medical treatment at a later time. The rescue was concluded at about 3:19 p.m.

At about 4:52 p.m., AMRT got a new call to assist the Los Angeles County Fire Department in rescuing another hiker with an ankle injury in the canyon. The first location reported was at the bridge at Eaton Canyon, but when the team arrived on scene, the hiker, a 23-year-old Pasadena man, was halfway to the Eaton Canyon waterfall.

County rescuers located him at the trailhead at 2260 Pinecrest Drive in Altadena. The hiker had also twisted his right ankle and couldn’t walk. Other hikers had carried him to the trailhead before rescuers arrived.

AMRT members confirmed he was the hiker referred to in the original call.

The hiker did not complain of any other injuries and said he will seek treatment at a later time. His female companion arranged for them to be driven home via Uber.

 

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