Search and Rescue teams staying busy

Rescuers have had to evacuate another hiker who fell and became injured in the local mountains. It’s the third incident this month.

Source of this article: The Thousand Oaks Acorn, April 18, 2013

About 5:45 p.m. April 14, personnel from the Malibu Search and Rescue Team, Los Angeles County Fire Department and California State Parks learned that a climber had fallen in ravine just south of Calabasas.

The area at Malibu Creek State Park has large boulders, a running stream, heavy poison oak and sheer cliffs.

Officials said the 21-year-old male hiker from Chatsworth suffered injuries to his head and leg after falling 60 feet.

Rescuers used a helicopter to lower a paramedic into the ravine. The injured man was winched out and flown to a nearby trauma center for evaluation and treatment.

Malibu Search and Rescue team members worked for several more hours to retrieve four other people who were part of the same hiking party. The three men and one woman from Simi Valley and Canoga Park ranged in age from 19 to 23. None were injured.

Another rescue was made at Malibu Creek State Park on April 7 when first responders evacuated a 16-year-old Westlake Village boy who had fallen 30 feet into a rock pool.

In the early evening of April 11, emergency personnel helped an 18-year-old Calabasas woman who was stranded on a cliff off Mulholland Highway, about 1.5 miles east of Kanan Road near the Rock Store.

The woman was approximately 150 feet down a poison-oak laden canyon when she had an asthma attack. Malibu Search and Rescue Team members and paramedics from the L.A. County Fire Department evacuated the woman using a pulley system. The rescue took two hours to complete.

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