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Injured Hiker Lifted From Eaton Canyon

Authorities requested a hoist operation to lift the hiker near the first falls area.

A rescue effort has concluded in Eaton Canyon after a hiker reportedly injured himself between the first and second falls area.

Members of the Los Angeles County Fire Department began responding to the scene before 5 p.m. According to officials at the Altadena Sheriff's Station, a 23-year-old male hiker reportedly received an ankle injury.

According to scanner reports, the injured hiker was hoisted out by helicopter from the canyon. Authorities had to wait for a copter to become available for the operation. A medic was reportedly lowered down to the victim in order to prepare his extraction. The injured hiker was with at least four others when the accident happened. How he became injured is unclear.

By 6:10 p.m., the injured hiker was transported by helicopter to Huntington Memorial Hospital, said an official at the Altadena Sheriff's Station.

Dale Frey June 26, 2012 at 05:10 AM
You are so right on this matter as it takes one idiot to ruin it for all us who know how to enjoy the gift we have at natures end.
JT Hampton June 26, 2012 at 06:19 AM
@Benjamin - spot on, man. Spot on.
C. Norris June 26, 2012 at 06:40 AM
Sam, keep preaching brother! Warning signs in the forest? What’s next? Warning signs to tell people not to blow dry your hair while in the shower? What about not eating the silicate packets in dry good containers? Oh yes, that’s right, they’re already there. You know USFS won’t put up signs in the forest because we would be taking away from the beauty of the forest. I want to be distracted by bumble bees and flowers and natural things, not signs. Signs belong in parking lots. And yes, there are some signs posted appropriately where they’re supposed to be.
C. Norris June 26, 2012 at 06:42 AM
If you want a real mind bender, you should read some of the comments on a PSA about Eaton Canyon here on the Patch: http://altadena.patch.com/articles/public-service-video-on-avoiding-eaton-canyon-climb-video#video-9621616
Benjamin Pelletier June 26, 2012 at 03:56 PM
The sign previously placed about 100' up the waterfall bypass path (now removed) would only be seen by those taking the path. There are currently no signs between the Pinecrest gate and the waterfall.

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