Stranded Hikers Flown to Safety in Nighttime Rescue

Two men in their 20s are stranded after one is injured in fall from a cliff in the Goat Buttes area of Malibu Creek State Park.

Two hikers who tried to scale a cliff to get out of a gorge in Malibu Creek State Park were flown to safety Monday during a nighttime rescue.

The call went out at 9 p.m. Monday when one of the hikers called for help on a cell phone, according to David Katz, a spokesman for Malibu Search and Rescue.

The men, aged 20 and 21, were hiking for several hours when they got stranded by water in the gorge area known as Goat Buttes in Malibu Creek State Park, Katz said.

"They decided to climb the cliff. One of them fell and injured himself. He is unable to climb up or down," Katz said. 

A L.A. County Fire helicopter picked up the hikers just before 10 p.m. and flew them to the main parking lot of Malibu Creek State Park, where they were evaluated by paramedics, according to Katz.

The hiker had a "very minor injury" and was not taken to a hospital, according to a Tweet by the L.A. County Fire Department.

Dr Raymond Hall, DC January 22, 2013 at 07:50 AM
Thank God for wonderful rescue response teams such as the LA County System. You guys are true life savers! So happy to hear the young adventurers are alright!
John January 22, 2013 at 05:29 PM
Agreed. So happy these two are safe thanks to the rescue teams.
Susan Tellem January 22, 2013 at 05:40 PM
I couldn't agree more about the wonderful search & rescue team we have in Malibu. These guys risks their lives daily. But what were those guys doing starting a hike in treacherous territory in the dark (says several hours before 9 pm)? Irresponsible meat heads not young adventurers IMO. I hope they pay for the copter and medical treatment.
lw January 22, 2013 at 06:01 PM
Thank God we have Malibu SAR. I hope no one I know ever has to use their services, but it's good to know that they're there to help. Still, I concur with Susan. Besides, what kind of 20-something has a "very minor injury" and wusses out? Like they can't wade through the water to hike out, but decide to climb a cliff in the dark? Wusses, idiots, whatever, thanks to Malibu SAR they're now safe. I just pray that dolts like them don't cry help when someone else seriously needs helps at the same time.
Mike January 22, 2013 at 06:53 PM
They should pay for that valuable resource, as they would have most everywhere in the world. If they did, they might be less stupid next time!
Mike January 22, 2013 at 06:55 PM
Stupidity should not be encouraged... if he broke his leg, then a rescue might have been warranted. A minor injury and not able to save themselves... please!


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