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Hikers need helping hand out of Eaton Canyon

December 29, 2010 |  7:56 pm

Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies and county firefighters escorted nine teenagers out of Eaton Canyon in Altadena on Tuesday evening after one of them, a 19-year-old El Monte man, was injured after falling down a waterfall, authorities said Wednesday.

Sheriff's Capt. Mike Parker said the teenagers, all between the ages of 15 and 19, started their hike about noon Tuesday. They didn’t take hiking supplies or flashlights with them, he said.

About 5 p.m., as darkness descended, the 19-year-old man stumbled into the Eaton Canyon waterfall, Parker said, and was unable to climb back up. His injuries were not life-threatening, the captain said.

Sheriff’s deputies and firefighters were called and, with the help of helicopters, located the hikers. Seven of the teens were soon found and walked to safety by rescuers, Parker said.

Just above the waterfall area, search and rescue deputies from the Altadena station eventually found the eighth hiker, who had gotten lost in the darkness. They also walked the injured hiker out of the canyon.

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