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LASD - Malibu/Lost Hills Station, Los Angeles County Sheriff
Sunday April 7th, 2013 :: 09:53 p.m. PDT


Westlake Village Teen Injured in 30' Fall into Malibu Creek Rock Pool - LASD, LACoFD, CA State Parks

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At about 3:00PM Sunday(4/7/13), Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Malibu Search and Rescue Team, together with Los Angeles County Fire Department and California State Parks personnel responded to a report of a fallen climber in Malibu Creek State Park in Calabasas.

When rescuers arrivedd, they determined that a 16-year old male resident of Westlake Village had fallen 30 feet into the “rock pool” water area and suffered possible back injuries. The victim was evaluated on scene by LA Co Fire paramedics. He was then packaged by rescue personnel with full C-spine precautions and then placed in the Sheriff's Malibu Search & Rescue litter and carried out of the back country area by the team, to an awaiting ground ambulance. The victim was then transported to a local hospital for evaluation and treatment of his injuries.

Malibu Creek State Park continues to be a popular locations with hikers and climbers. As a result, it is among the areas in the Santa Monica Mountains that sees the highest number of rescues annually. L.A. County Sheriff's Malibu Search & Rescue, L.A. County Fire, and California State Parks rescuers train together for these types of operations so the best care for the victims can be accomplished through a team effort.

Malibu Creek State Park

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 550 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. There are over 850 LASD reserve sheriff's deputies who work patrol, jails, search and rescue, motorcycle patrol, mounted posse, investigations, and more, as team members of the second largest policing agency in the nation.

David J. Katz, LASD
S/R Training Sergeant, PIO &
LACo Fire Department Liaison
Malibu Search and Rescue Team
Lost Hills Sheriff's Station
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
(818) 878-1808
Twitter @LHSLASD

Recent highly publicized rescues of hikers are a powerful reminder to everyone to be prepared when enjoying the great outdoors. The recent serious injury to a brave Orange County Sheriff's Reserve Deputy during a rescue is also a reminder of the risks taken by all rescuers to help others, because they value human life so much.

Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies and many other highly trained and brave rescuers volunteer for $1. a year. Also, full time rescuers from sheriff's departments and fire departments fly and drive and hike and swim and rapel in to effect rescues on a regular basis. In fact, there were 560 search and rescue activations last year just for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The people who were rescued came from all of the world, yet most were local; none ever expected their lives to be at such risk, or to need to be rescued. Many nearly lost their lives.

So what is it that the rescuers ask of you as they risk so much to help you and those you love?

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 (and beyond) that having a HIKING / CAMPING PLAN is crucial to survival in case of an emergency.

Before you leave, please fill out LASD – 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. Or, if you know someone going on a hike, ask them to fill out this easy form, so that it will help your mind at ease. You can download the form by visiting:


VIDEO (CBS-TV) LASD Reserve Chief of Search And Rescue Offers Hiking Tips


Here are some exciting LASD videos of rescues that show the dangers of hiking unprepared, going off trail, or having an unfortunate mishap. Helmet Camera LASD Videos of Cliff Rescues in the Angeles National Forest, Malibu Canyon and more:

VIDEO LASD Super Puma Air-5 Rescue Helicopter:

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Sheriff's Headquarters Bureau - Newsroom
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
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Leroy D. Baca, Sheriff
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

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LASD - Malibu/Lost Hills Station, Los Angeles County Sheriff
27050 Agoura Rd
Calabasas, CA 91301

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