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LASD - Altadena Station, Los Angeles County Sheriff
Thursday August 4th, 2011 :: 07:17 p.m. PDT


Rancho Cucamonga man airlifted after fall from cliff, woman rescued from cliff. Eaton Cyn, Angeles Forest, LASD Altadena Search&Rescue

Altadena Sheriff’s Station deputies male were notified Thrusday that two people were in distress at the third waterfall of Eaton Canyon, Angeles National Forest, and activated the Altadena Search and Rescue Team.

Deputies soon learned that a a 31-year man had fallen from the cliff and a 20-year old female was stuck on the cliff.

Sheriff’s Search and Rescue deputies worked on the ground while a Los Angeles County Fire Department rescue helicopter air crew worked from the air and hoist, to hoist the two people into the helicopter.

The woman was air lifted off the cliff at 3:55 PM, shaken but unhurt.

After being stabilized by sheriff’s rescuers and paramedics on the ground, at 4:55PM, the male hiker was air lifted from the canyon, and flown to an area hospital. The extent of his injuries are not known.

Both hikers were from Rancho Cucamonga.

Rescues are common in Eaton Canyon, and a man died after falling in the first waterfall area on July 31, 2011. This is a news release from an Eaton Canyon rescue earlier this week on Monday, Aug. 1:

17-year old rescued from Altadena cliff thanks a hiker, Search & Rescue team, & unplanned rapelling

The eight Search and Rescue teams of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department average about 350 search and rescue missions every year, making it one of the most active counties for search and rescue missions in the nation.

ENJOY NATURE - PLAN YOUR HIKE by filling out the Sheriff's Department's Hiking Plan Sheet.

Hiking/Camping is a fun way to get family and friends together to enjoy the outdoors, and to get some physical activity. However, you should always be prepared for the unexpected. You should tell family and friends what your plans are and provide a list of who will be going with you.

That’s why the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department would like to remind the residents of Los Angeles County that having a hiking / camping plan is crucial to survival in case of an emergency.

Before you leave, please fill out Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Search and Rescue – Hiking Plan sheet and provide to a loved one to hold onto just in case something happens to a member of your hiking/camping expedition. You can download the form by visiting

If you would like more information on how to prepare for your hiking / camping trip, please visit the Center for Disease Control’s camping website at

Captain Mike Parker
Sheriff's Headquarters Bureau - Newsroom
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
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LASD - Altadena Station, Los Angeles County Sheriff
780 E Altadena Dr
Altadena, CA 91001

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