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Hikers Rescued By Chopper From Cliff's Edge in Altadena

Terrain in the Angeles National Forest (Photo by jmoschella via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)
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Two men in their early 20s were rescued by helicopter from the edge of a cliff in the Angeles National Forest in Altadena yesterday evening. Having set off for a day hike, the two young men from Temple City were not carrying supplies for spending more than a couple of hours on the trail, explains the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

At around 4 p.m. the 22-year-old man lost his footing on the hiking path and went down the mountainside, ultimately grabbing onto a bush. He was able to place a call using his cellphone to the Sheriff's Station, though he could not even see his friend, but could hear him shouting.

The fallen and injured hiker's cell phone dropped the call after about 15 minutes, however the Sheriff's Air-5 rescue helicopter had already been deployed to locate the man and his friend. Just before sundown, the helicopter located the men, and a paramedic lowered to aid the man who was "clinging to a ledge approximately 500 feet above the base of a waterfall, unable to move." Both hikers were airlifted to safety and taken to an area hospital for treatment for non-life threatening injuries.