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LASD - Malibu/Lost Hills Station, Los Angeles County Sheriff
Friday April 12th, 2013 :: 08:17 a.m. PDT


Stranded Female Teen, 150' Deep in Poison-oak in Canyon Rescued by LASD Malibu Search & Rescue & LACoFD (Photos)

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Thursday evening, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Malibu Search and Rescue Team deputies were dispatched to a report of a female hiker who was suffering from a medical condition and indicated that she was incapacitated. The woman, an 18-year old resident of Calabasas, California, was approximately 150 feet down in a poison-oak laden canyon off of Mulholland Highway about 1.5 miles east of Kanan Road near the infamous “Rock Store.”

Upon arrival, Sheriff's Malibu Search and Rescue personnel, together with Los Angeles County Fire Department personnel, made their way over the side of the canyon to evaluate the afflicted hiker. The victim was evaluated and then was evacuated using the Malibu Search and Rescue truck and winch system.

A Malibu Search and Rescue team member placed a rescue harness to the victim and guided her up the steep canyon side while other team members operated the truck and winch system. The woman was safely evacuated to an awaiting ground ambulance and was taken to a local hospital for evaluation and treatment. The rescue operation started at 6:15pm and was completed just before 8:00 p.m.

According to Malibu Search and Rescue personnel, this was the second rescue that the team has responded to in this particular location known to locals as the “tree house”, located at the bottom of a canyon. It is an unincorporated area of Malibu in Los Angeles County.

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.

*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. Before you leave, please fill out Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Search and Rescue – Hiking Plan sheet and provide it 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

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Don Walker, Deputy
Mike Parker, Captain
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