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LASD - Malibu/Lost Hills Station, Los Angeles County Sheriff
Sunday March 3rd, 2013 :: 06:22 p.m. PST


LA Sheriff's Search, Find & Work with LACoFD to Rescue Missing Hikers in Topanga State Park - LASD Malibu Search & Rescue

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At about 6:50PM Saturday, March 2, 2013, Lost Hills/Malibu Sheriff's Station dispatched the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Malibu Search and Rescue (SAR) to Topanga State Park for a report of two hikers stranded on a peak in the dark.

Based on information learned while en route, LASD Malibu SAR sent responding units to two locations: the entrance of Topanga State Park off of Entrada Road and Topanga Canyon, and the Reseda Blvd. entrance to Topanga State Park. The two hikers reported that they had been heading to Eagle Rock, a location near the Reseda Blvd entrance.

Malibu SAR units were able to drive their vehicles approximately ½ mile into the park at which point they stationed their vehicles in view of a wide area of ridge lines. Sheriff's rescuers had difficulty seeing in the darkness, so using flashing amber lights, a green laser and cell phone texting, Malibu SAR units were able to ascertain the general location of the stranded hikers.

Working in conjunction with Los Angeles County Fire Department units and LA Co Fire Dept. Helicopter 12, Sheriff's Malibu SAR units were able to guide Copter 12 to the general location of the hikers. Copter 12 located the hikers shortly thereafter using their night vision goggles after the hikers flashed the light of their cell phone at the copter. Copter 12 determined that they had to conduct a winch operation to safely retrieve the hikers.

Each of the two hikers, a male and female adult, were hoisted up into the copter by a firefighter paramedic from the copter. Both hikers were flown to safety and suffered no injuries.

The rescued pair was a 26 year old man from Winnetka and a 25 year old woman from Chatsworth.

Attached is a related video posted on Malibu Patch:

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Search and Rescue Team members are Reserve Sheriff’s deputies who volunteer their time to help others for $1 a year, and who partner with sheriff’s civilian volunteers who volunteer for free. There are over 150 members of the eight Search and Rescue teams of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. These rescuers were activated for over 500 search and rescue missions last year, making it one of the most active counties for search and rescue missions in the nation. Reserve deputies and civilian volunteers are supervised by full-time sheriff’s deputies.

Authored by:
David J. Katz, Sergeant
S/R Training Sergeant, PIO &
LACO Fire Department Liaison
Sheriff's Malibu Search and Rescue Team
Lost Hills / Malibu Sheriff's Station
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
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