Hiker Rescued After Falling From Hiking Trail

Wednesday, January 02, 2008 |

On Wednesday, January 2, 2008 at 5;46 PM, 4 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighers, 1 LAFD Rescue Ambulance, 2 Helicopters and 1 Battalion Chief Officer Command Team, all under the direction of Battalion Chief Graham Everett, responded to a Rescue at 901 N. Temescal Canyon Rd. in the Pacific Palisades area.

Fire resources responded to a call to assist a person that had fallen and had landed in a tree. What fire resources did not know was that a 59 year old male hiker had fallen from the Temescal Canyon hiking trail, tumbling downward approximately thirty feet before landing precariously at the base of a large tree which stopped his descent into the deep, heavy brush covered ravine approximately 150 feet below. With the use of his cell phone, he was able to aid in his rescue by communicating his position to the OCD Dispatch Center. Within the hour, the hiker was finally located with the assistance of two helicopters and four ground companies.

Utilizing a two-line, belay rope system, fire personnel were lowered to the hiker with the Stokes Litter Basket in tow. Once the rescuers reached the hiker, he was stabilized and hoisted in the litter basket to the site if an awaiting ambulance. The hiker was transported to an area hospital in stable condition with a minor ankle injury.

The men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department would like to remind you of a few trail safety when hiking:

1. Hike with someone or let someone where you will be hiking.
2. Take a cell phone, first aid kit and water. (Cell phone coverage in
the mountains is spotty).
3. Stay alert of your surroundings
4. Take medications with you on long hikes.
5. Avoid unfamiliar areas when hiking alone.

Submitted by d'Lisa Davies
Los Angeles Fire Department



I have requested trail markers for years to be placed to help cell phone callers exact location of pts in need of help. small markers that lafd and helios would have on maps. gps on cell phones are fine idea but not all users have activated that program. This idea will fly if and save time in locating pt. NELSON sTRANGE pm/FF

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Brother Nelson,

Thanks for the note. You are not alone in recognizing the benefit of such a marking system.

Though the Fire Department cannot devote funds, let us hope that recent experiments on the bike path alongside the Los Angeles River will allow the responsible agencies see such milemarkers and signposts at their true lifesaving value.

Fraternally Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

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