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Deaf and Mute Hiker Rescued at Malibu Canyon

The rescue team was unable to communicate with the 25-year-old Fullerton resident.

A deaf and mute Fullerton resident was in the hospital Wednesday morning following a rescue that took place after he was stranded on a ledge during a hike at Malibu Canyon.

Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff's Detective Matthew Dunn said Woo Lee, 25, was hiking with a group Tuesday at 9 p.m. when he became stranded on a 15-foot ledge located 300 feet below Malibu Canyon Road and 400 feet above the canyon floor.

The sheriff's Malibu Search & Rescue team was called to the scene. The team was unable to communicate with Lee during the rescue because he cannot hear or speak. Lee was safely removed around 1 a.m.

Due to the communication barrier, rescuers could not determine the full extent of Lee's injuries, Dunn said. He was flown to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, where he was treated for multiple lacerations.

Destine' Thie July 20, 2011 at 03:42 PM
If they knew he was deaf, why didn't they have an interpreter?
Susan Tellem July 20, 2011 at 03:49 PM
Hiking at 9 pm? Too late for a group that has little sense. Who was the leader?

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