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LASD - Malibu/Lost Hills Station, Los Angeles County Sheriff
Monday April 15th, 2013 :: 09:05 a.m. PDT


21-y/o Chatsworth man falls 60', Malibu Creek State Park, Calabasas: LASD Malibu Search & Rescue SAR Photos, LACoFD, CA Parks

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At about 5:45pm, Sun, Apr. 14, 2013, for the second time in just a week, 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, California.

Upon arrival, rescue personnel learned that a climber had fallen and suffered injuries in the “gorge” area of the park. The "gorge" is characterized by vehicle sized- boulders, a running stream, heavy poison oak and sheer cliff faces.

The 21 year-old male victim from Chatsworth suffered a head injury after a reported 60 foot fall. Los Angeles County Fire Department Copter 12 lowered a paramedic rescuer to the victim. The paramedic packaged the victim and then the copter winched him out and flew him to a nearby trauma center for evaluation and treatment.

Sheriff's Malibu Search and Rescue personnel hiked into the gorge area for several hours to retrieve the other four members of the injured climber’s hiking party (three males and one female from Simi Valley and Canoga Park) ranging in age from 19 to 23 years old. Those hikers were evacuated safely by Sheriff's Malibu Search and Rescue personnel. The rescue concluded at 8:45 p.m.

Malibu Creek State Park continues to be a popular location with hikers and climbers and as a result is among the areas in the Santa Monica Mountains that sees the highest number of rescues annually. Malibu SAR, LACO Fire and California State Parks train together for these types of operations so that the various agencies can cooperate effectively to bring the best care to the victims. This was the second rescue in as many weeks in the park. Last weekend’s rescue was in the “rock pool” area of the park (LASD News Release:

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

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

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.

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

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