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Search and rescue teams save stranded man and dogs

December 31, 2012 |  5:53 pm

Search-and-rescue teams from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department saved a stranded Aliso Viejo man Sunday after he and his two dogs slid off a trail and down a 30-foot ice chute, authorities said.

The man, who was identified in a statement only as being 30 years old, was hiking in the snow near the summit of Mount Baden-Powell, in the Angeles National Forest, officials said. After he and his dogs slid off the trail, they remained in a “remote area” in the wind and snow until they were saved by search-and-rescue personnel, the statement said.

Helicopters could not be used during because of low visibility, sheriff’s officials said. Instead, Palmdale Sheriff’s deputies, the Antelope Valley Search and Rescue Team, and the Crescenta Valley Search and Rescue Team provided first-aid treatment to the hiker. They also helped him walk out of the remote area and down the mountain.  

The Antelope Valley Search and Rescue Team has performed nine rescues so far this month, the sheriff’s statement said.

“This is a perfect example of why it’s important to pay attention to weather predictions when planning a hike,” Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Cmdr. John Johnston said.


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