UPDATED: Friday Rescue in Eaton Canyon: Injured Hiker Airlifted to Local Hospital

Hiker unconscious, injured, after 100-foot fall from Eaton Canyon trail.

Around noon, an 18-year old hiker, male, fell appoximately 100 feet from a trail in Eaton Canyon. Injuries appear to be compound fractures to the hip; two parametics assisted with the rescue.

The rescue, a collaborative effort between Altadena Search and Rescue and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Air Rescue 5, airlifted the hiker to a local hospital.

The photo of the rescue at right comes courtesy of Capt. John Benedict of the Altadena Sheriff's Station who tweeted it out Friday afternoon.

Otis August 04, 2012 at 10:05 PM
Well this guy learned his lesson at an early age. Compound fractures to the hip; if the fractures are bad this has the potnetial to change his life forever. This is a seroious injury with life changing ramifications. It increases the likelihood of developing severe arthritis and bone spurs in the hip joints at an early age and he may need a hip replacement at a realtively young age. I feel sorry for the guy in that respect. If you think I'm a bleeding heart I am not. I have a very strong stance on this issues based on my log of previous posts (please read). But I still feel for someone who suffers such a major injury to a part of the body that is very difficul to "fix".
S.H. August 05, 2012 at 07:34 PM
Doris, your stance seems to be echoed here. Isn't there anything that the residents can do to demand a sign? Even by offering contributions for the sign itself? It seems so wrong to deny both tax-paying residents and unknowing hikers a safety warning! Hopefully some city council meetings can resolve it before a large lawsuit has to!
Judy Bass August 06, 2012 at 07:42 PM
The waterfalls and the razorback ridge are all within the Angeles National Forest. The Forest Service has been approached and asked about signage or other ways to stop people from climbing up there, but they're not willing to get involved. I don't know their rationale, maybe if they start hearing from enough area residents, they might change their minds.
Tim Macias August 06, 2012 at 08:41 PM
The other problem is social media sites such as facebook, twitter, youtube etc that are filled with posts and videos claiming its safe to get to the second waterfall and beyond when its really not.
Otis August 06, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Possibly the Forest Service has been advised by council that any recognition of the problem on their part, visa vi' warning signs, opens them up to greater liability. How about a giant sign by LASD that says any hiker rescued out of the canyon due to lack of judgement or haphazard behaviour will be fined $10,000? I mean, come on, it isn't like Eaton Canyon is like hiking in the Domeland wildewrness or Yo-so-mite (where there are fines for reckless behaviour) . If you can't make it up Eaton Canyon without getting hurt, and/or you try to hike ridgeback and fail, there should be a hefty fine to pay for that chopper to pull you out.


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