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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Deputy Recounts a Busy Weekend for Altadena Volunteers


Deputy Dan Paige recaps a busy weekend as blue skies and warm weather increasingly lure hikers into the local foothills:

“A busy weekend for Altadena Search and Rescue Team.

“On Saturday 04/18/15 at 10:00 a.m., Altadena Mountain Rescue Team responded into Coyote Canyon, in the Angeles National Forest, for a report of a hiker stranded in a steep canyon. The stranded hiker was able to use their cell phone to call the Altadena Station and request help. The rescue team was able to reach the hiker after approximately 45 minutes, the hiker was not injured. Rescue crews used over 500 feet of rope to lower the hiker to safety.

“The hiker was following a trail up the canyon, when she lost sight of the trail. Hoping the trail would soon become visible again, she decided to continue, however, the ground below her became so loose and crumbly, and she could not go any further. The hiker, female 42 years old, a resident of Los Angeles, was able to walk out of the canyon after being lowered to safety by rescue team members. This rescue took approximately 4 hours to complete. Photos are of the female hiker being lowered to canyon bottom.

“At 3:15 pm on Saturday Altadena Mountain Rescue Team was activated by Sierra Madre Search and Rescue Team to assist in the rescue of a hiker hanging from a cliff in the area of Upper Winter Creek Trail in the Angeles National Forest. Altadena Search and Rescue Crews searched Mt. Wilson Toll road near the Upper Winter Creek Trail, when they located a male adult and 2 female hikers. After talking with the hikers the rescue team determined the 3 hikers were the same persons earlier reported needing assistance. The male hiker was hiking on a trail, when he stepped on the loose dirt, the trail gave way and the hiker fell, however he was able to pull himself back up onto the trail prior to the team reaching the hiker.

“All 3 hikers, male 18 years old from Los Angeles, female 11 years old from Ontario, and a female 25 years old from Los Angeles were not injured. Staff from Mt. Wilson Observatory drove the hikers to their vehicle, which was located at the Observatory. The second rescue this Saturday took another 4 hours.

“Due to the remoteness of the area the Sierra Madre team was flown in by Sheriff’s Air Rescue 5, see attached pictures. Also pictured is the trio with members of the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team.”

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