Malibu CA: Malibu Search and Rescue completed an all night rescue of three missing hikers Thursday night in the Rindge Dam area of Malibu Canyon in Malibu, CA. The hikers, two males and a female got separated from their hiking party. When night fell, they were stranded over 600 feet below Malibu Canyon at the Malibu Creek. Their friends that made it out safely called 911. Malibu SAR and LACOFire responded. A helicopter scouted the area and determined that a nighttime air evacuation in the location would be too dangerous. Malibu Search and Rescue sprang into action, deploying 8 rescuers over the side while 4 rescuers operated equipment topside on Malibu Canyon. Several LAFO Fire personnel assisted as well. After several hours of technical rope set up and retrieval, all three hikers were rescued safely by being raised up the vertical concrete dam spillway. The hikers were hiked out to an awaiting ambulance for evaluation. One hiker suffered an injured ankle and knee and two of the three hikers had lost their shoes in the water, complicating their extraction. The video shows a Malibu SAR rescuer bringing one of the victims up the vertical spillway. Not only was it over a 120 foot ascend, but there was a flowing waterfall (that you can hear on the video) to contend with. Pictured below is what the Rindge Dam looks like during the day. On the right, is a picture of the first victim heading for evaluation by a paramedic.
See video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5OWSn2wWJZo&list=UUlrCXRurpUlzY7gt7AUJPSw&index=1&feature=plpp_video
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