It’s was a busy weekend for sheriff’s officials and other rescuers in the Angeles National Forest over the weekend, where 15 people were rescued and one body was recovered. Sheriff’s officials have put together a summary of the weekend incidents, complete with footage from rescue helicopter crew members’ helmet cameras:
ALTADENA — Sheriff’s officials rescued two Rancho Cucamonga hikers from Eaton Canyon Thursday after one of them fell from a cliff and the other became stranded, authorities said.
Rescuers responded to reports shortly after 3 p.m. that a 31-year-old man had fallen from a cliff near the third waterfall in Eaton Canyon, while his 20-year-old female hiking companion remained stuck on the cliff, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said in a written statement.
Altadena Search and Rescue Team members reached the woman and hoisted her to safety via helicopter about 4 p.m., officials said. She was shaken but uninjured.
The man had suffered several broken bones in one of his legs, Sgt. Debra Herman said.
After rescuers tended to his injuries at the scene, he was flown to an area hospital for treatment, officials said. An update on his condition was not available Friday, however the man was expected to survive.
ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST — Officials and friends resuscitated and rescued a man from the San Gabriel River after he jumped or fell in and landed on a rock, authorities said Tuesday.
Officials received a call just after 5 p.m. Monday that a 46-year-old man, who had been drinking alcohol with friends near East Fork Road, “had either fallen or dove into the rushing water of the San Gabriel River,” Los Angeles County sheriff’s Capt. Mike Parker said in a written statement. “He struck a rock and was unresponsive and laying face down in the water.”
“Witnesses moved him a short distance, but were hampered in their efforts due to it being a very treacherous area of the river and that it was difficult to move the man as he weighed well over 300 pounds,” Parker said.
The friends began performing CPR and called 9-1-1.
U.S. Forest Service officials and a sheriff’s rescue helicopter happened to be in the area and arrived to help within minutes, Parker said.
Sheriff’s paramedics were lowered from the helicopter and were able to resuscitate the victim, hoist him up into the aircraft and take him to a hospital, officials said. He was listed in stable condition Tuesday.
AZUSA — A 74-year-old man who was trapped overnight after his SUV plunged 125 feet off of Highway 39 was rescued by helicopter Monday morning.
Family members reported the man missing Sunday night, officials said.
“He’s in pretty good shape for a 74-year-old who was down there in the cold all night,” Los Angeles County Fire Battalion Chief Jim Geandee said.
Story and video by reporter Thomas Himes: