ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST — A sheriff’s helicopter crew had a busy afternoon earlier this month, hoisting three injured or stranded hikers out of the Angeles National Forest within an hour in three separate incidents north of Altadena and Arcadia, officials said.
The first rescue call came in about 1 p.m. July 13, when authorities received word that a Pasadena man had taken a fall and tumbled about 80 feet down Eaton Canyon, in the forest north of Altadena, according to Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Phil Barth.
“He suffered moderate trauma injuries and was treated by Sheriff’s Emergency Services Detail paramedics and hoisted up into the aircraft,” Barth said.
As soon as the injured hiker was safely in the aircraft, the helicopter crew noticed another man who was “precariously perched” on a sheer cliff face about 150 feet above the canyon floor, the sergeant said.
The hiker was unable to move and was in a dire situation,” he said.
A paramedics was lowered down to the man, also a Pasadena resident, from the helicopter and also hoisted into the aircraft, officials said.
The chopper crew then flew the first hiker they rescued to a hospital for treatment.
“While at the hospital with the earlier rescued victim, Sheriff’s Air Rescue 5 (helicopter crew) received a call of yet another person who had fallen over 60 feet at the base of Hermit Falls, at the Chantry Flat Campground north of Arcadia,” Barth said.
They responded to the scene and, once again, treated the hiker, hoisted him up into the helicopter and flew him to a hospital, authorities said. The condition of the man, a Moorpark resident, was not available.