ALTADENA — Rescuers rushed a hiker to the hospital with major injuries Saturday after he fell from a ridge in Eaton Canyon, authorities said.
Pasadena firefighters and Altadena Search and Rescue Team members received word of the injured hiker about 10:20 a.m. near Coyote Canyon, Pasadena Fire Department spokeswoman Lisa Derderian said.
The hiker, a man in his 50s who suffers from diabetes, fell about 150 feet into a remote ravine, but had a cell phone and was able to call 9-1-1, Derderian said.
The man kept the phone line open as rescuers searched for him, helping to speed along the process, she said.
He was found after about 40 minutes, Derderian said. He appeared to have suffered major injuries including punctures to his lungs.
The man required “extensive medical intervention” at the scene before officials loaded him into a helicopter rushed him to a trauma center, she said.
PHOTOS courtesy of the Pasadena Fire Department