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.