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Hikers injured in Angeles National Forest

January 16, 2011 |  5:53 pm

Two hikers were injured Sunday afternoon when they fell in separate incidents in Eaton Canyon, a popular recreational area in Angeles National Forest.

One man fell 200 feet at 1:30 p.m. and the second man fell 50 feet about 4 p.m., said Deputy Jeff Gordon of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

After hoisting up the first hiker, a crew on a department helicopter had to return to the canyon for the second rescue. Both men, who were not identified, were in their 20s. They were taken to a local hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries, Gordon said.

He did not know the precise circumstances of the accidents, but said they occurred in roughly the same area, between the canyon’s second and third waterfalls.

The canyon, north of Altadena, is typically filled with people hiking up to the waterfalls on weekend days.


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