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Malibu SAR assists in two simultaneous rescues

Malibu Search and Rescue team members and Los Angeles County Fire personnel carry an injured hiker to safety on March 17 in Malibu Creek State Park. Photos submited
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1:55 pm PDT March 24, 2014

On March 17 at 12:35 p.m., Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Malibu Search and Rescue Team received a call regarding an injured person at the Rock Pool in Malibu Creek State Park.
Upon arrival at the park, Malibu SAR team members met up with Los Angeles County Fire Department personnel and were advised that a 19-year-old male Torrance resident jumped from a cliff into the Rock Pool, suffered an injury and did not surface.
Two bystanders, who were off-duty lifeguards, jumped in and pulled the man from the bottom of the water to safety. The man was unconscious but started to breathe after being pulled onto the shore. Los Angeles County Fire, Malibu SAR, California State Park Rangers and AMR ambulance personnel all worked together to package the patient in a litter and then wheeled him from the water’s edge, hiking 15 minutes to Los Angeles County Fire Copter, 11 which airlifted him to UCLA Trauma Center for treatment.
While tending to the injured man, a bystander alerted rescue crews to an unrelated 19-year-old injured woman from New Jersey, who broke her foot about 30 yards from the location of the first victim.
After evacuating the male victim, Malibu SAR and other rescue personnel went back to the Rock Pool area with the litter and litter wheel, packaged the female victim and brought her out to an awaiting ambulance for treatment.
“The four different agencies worked seamlessly together to package and evacuate the injured persons during very hot conditions at Malibu Creek State Park.”  Malibu SAR captain David Katz said. “The Rock Pool area is the busiest site for rescues for Malibu SAR and was the site of a huge water related rescue of four stranded hikers during the torrential rains in Los Angeles just two weeks ago.”