Injured Man Airlifted From First Falls

Man received head injury about 100 yards from an area near the top of the falls, officials said.

Rescue personnel have just airlifted a man who allegedly fell and hit his head near the First Falls area of Eaton Canyon.

The rescue operation began sometime after 12:30 p.m., according to authorities at the Crescenta Valley Sheriff's Station. How the man injured his head was not immediately known.

According to scanner reports, the hiker may have been with other people at the time of the injury, officials stated there was a group of people near the victim. Fire fighters hiked in and reached the patient to evaluate his injuries.

By about 1:20 p.m., a rescue helicopter arrived to lift the patient out.

By 1:45 p.m. the patient was successfully transported to Huntington Memorial Hospital, according to deputies on scene.

VFD July 08, 2012 at 10:49 PM
What does it matter, he was another inexperienced hiker on a careless folly that cost taxpayers the price of his airlift.
Christina Long July 08, 2012 at 11:55 PM
He didn't choose to fall and everyone is free to explore there. Why blame him?
Peggy Sue Davis July 10, 2012 at 06:42 PM
Dan, is it possible to get a follow-up on the condition of hikers who are rescued? As I recall, the young woman who was rescued after having an accident at the second falls in early June was pretty seriously injured, yet I never was able to determine what happened to her. This information could be very helpful if someone decides to mount a campaign communicating the dangers of hiking in areas that are unmarked and/or off-limits. And, of course, as someone who lives near enough to the canyon that I'm aware of most rescues, I feel concern for the people who've been injured and would hope to hear they're okay or at least recovering. Thanks ....
C. Norris July 14, 2012 at 08:50 AM
That's right Christina. Here in America we go where we want, how we want and when we want as long as it's not a crime. Victims are so because of circumstances and stuff happens.
D Shelley July 21, 2012 at 06:53 PM
Actually C. Norris, we don't go wherever we want, whenever we want Much of the San Gabriels have been closed due to hazards from the fires and debris flows. Areas, including Switzer's and Eaton Canyon have, at times, been closed due to plague in the squirrel population. The toll road out of Eaton Canyon was closed several times in the 30 years that I have been hiking in the area when parts of it slid and it was deemed unsafe. Some of these closures were years long. VFD, the statistics matter because, in closing an area, we need to keep track of how many people fell and what the circumstances were. Someone needs to be totally this up in terms of cost. Although people keep saying that these rescues are all done by volunteer search and rescue teams, helicopter rescues involving the sheriffs's dept. are expensive. Christina, no one is blaming this man, only stating that these dangerous areas should be closed to the public much like the forest service just permanently closed off parts of Yosemite.


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