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Stranded hiker rescued off Malibu Canyon ledge

July 20, 2011 | 10:56 pm

A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department rescue team pulled to safety a Fullerton hiker who is deaf and mute and was stranded on a ledge Wednesday high above Malibu Canyon.

The man, 25, had been separated from a group of friends who were hiking out of the canyon Tuesday night, according to a department report.

Deputies lowered ropes to the hiker, who was hanging onto brush to keep himself from sliding farther down into the canyon. Rescuers lowered themselves to the hiker using cables and winches and were able to get him off the ledge, according to the report.

The hiker, whose name was not released, received lacerations and was flown by helicopter to a hospital for treatment.

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