UPDATE: The hiker who fell was a 19-year-old man who had been hiking with his family, according to Rich Deleon of the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team, who was still at the scene as of 8:20 p.m.
The hiker had decided to climb up to the upper water falls and his family waited for him below.
He fell right in the same area as one of the fatalities that happened last summer at Eaton Canyon, Deleon said.
The area is a common one for falling hikers, Deleon added, and though the man fell around 150 feet, many others who have done so have survived.
In fact, according to Deleon, another hiker fell earlier on Wednesday from approximately the same area and Deleon and other rescuers ran into him walking away from the scene. Though injured and taken to the hospital, he survived a similar fall.
UPDATE: According to Lt. Edwards at the Altadena Sheriff's Station, the man who fell at Eaton Canyon this evening was found dead at the scene.
More information when known.
Reported by City News Service:
A man fell from the first fall in Eaton Canyon in Altadena at 6:07p.m., says Capt. Mark Savage of the Los Angeles County Fire Department. The severity of the man's injuries is not known. Altadena Search and Rescue, including a helicopter, is en route.
Do you think the area around the first waterfall should be restricted to hikers in light of the deaths and rescues?