Eaton Canyon Falls. Photo via Wikimedia Commons
Eaton Canyon Falls. Photo via Wikimedia Commons

A 29-year-old man was recovering from serious injuries Tuesday after falling 50 feet while trying to reach the second waterfall in Eaton Canyon in Angeles National Forest.

The Altadena Mountain Rescue Team was called to rescue the El Monte resident, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

The team hiked into Eaton Canyon while a sheriff’s helicopter responded. The helicopter crew located the hiker, who complained of a shoulder injury, at the bottom of the canyon and airlifted him, along with two uninjured friends, to Huntington Memorial Hospital, the sheriff’s department reported.

“The injured hiker and his friends, male and female (adults) were attempting to reach the second waterfall and the injured hiker fell approximately 50 feet off Acrophobia Ridge and landed on the ground below,” according to a sheriff’s department statement. “The hiker’s injury was serious and required treatment at a trauma center.”

Before falling in the midday Sunday hike, the man had tried to bring his young son to the second waterfall, but the child “felt too nervous to climb the crumbling hillside and he stayed behind,” according to the sheriff’s department.

Fire department and rescue team members escorted the boy to the Eaton Canyon Nature Center, where he was met by his grandmother, officials said.

–City News Service

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