Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

Caught on Camera: Hikers Rescued After Fall on Mount Waterman

The rescue team saved two hikers who fell 150 feet down in icy conditions in Mount Waterman in La Cañada Flintridge.

What to Know

  • Mount Waterman in a ski area in La Cañada Flintridge.
  • The ski area closed this weekend due to snow accumulation and unsafe conditions to operate.
  • Both of the hikers rescued were treated and airlifted to a trauma center for further assistance.

Two hikers were rescued after a fall on icy Mount Waterman in the San Gabriel Mountains northeast of Los Angeles.

Video posted Monday by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Special Enforcement Bureau shows the helicopter hoist rescue. The rescue team saved two hikers, who fell approximately 100 feet in icy conditions on Mount Waterman in the La Cañada Flintridge area.

According to Altadena Sheriff's Station, the male hiker from Riverside possibly broke his ankle and the female hiker from Anaheim Hills possibly fractured her ribs when one victim slipped on ice to help the other victim.

The hikers used a personal satellite-based locator to request help. They were on a trail approximately one mile off Highway 2 when Sheriff's Air Rescue 5 responded, according to Altadena Sheriff's Station.

After two hours the hikers were located and airlifted to a hospital. The hikers were a part of a 30 person hiking group and are expected to recover.

The ski area closed Sunday due to snow accumulation and unsafe conditions.

Mount Waterman is scheduled to open once again for St. Patrick's Day Weekend.

The Altadena Sheriff's Station reccomends people to pack extra equipment in case of any emergency.

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