Marines Come to the Rescue of Hiker with Chest Pains

Published : Monday, May 14, 2018 | 6:09 PM

Four off-duty Marines from Camp Pendleton who were hiking at Switzer Falls north of Altadena on Sunday helped rescue another hiker who was having chest pains, carrying him upstream on the trail to a team from Montrose Search and Rescue.

In a Facebook post Sunday, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department said the Montrose team received a rescue call at about 4 p.m. near Switzer Falls Hike, also known as Waterfall Hike, often described as a difficult and very steep climb.

“When Montrose SAR (Search and Rescue) arrived halfway downstream they discovered that four off-duty US Marines from Camp Pendleton had run into the hiker downstream and carried him upstream for a more rapid rescue, hoist and transport,” the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Dept. post said. “The adult hiker had no injuries and was transported to a local hospital, where he will get well soon.”

Authorities reported the hiker was airlifted to a local hospital.

The hiker had used a personal locator beacon to alert authorities.

The Sheriff’s Dept. said Air Rescue 5 and firefighters from Angeles National Forest joined in the rescue as well.

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