Injured Horse Rescued in Angeles National Forest Above Altadena

Los Angeles County firefighters tried various methods of rescuing the animal, who had fallen with its rider.

Update from City News Service at 5:15 p.m.

That horse that fell into a ravine with a rider in the Angeles National Forest just above Altadena at 2:39 p.m. has been walked out of the area by rescuers from the Los Angeles County Fire Department, apparently unhurt. The unidentified rider also was not hurt.

Updated 4:52 p.m.

A Los Angeles County fire official at the Altadena station told Patch that the latest development was at 3:59 p.m. and at that time the injured horse was being brought to its feet and a trail was being cut for it.

It is unclear if it is being moved on its feet or by a hoist system, the official told Patch.

Updated 4:20 p.m.

At 3:56 p.m., Los Angeles County Sheriff Captain Mike Parker tweeted:

350PM,Tues. Rescue in progess, Rising Hill Rd/ El Prieto, Angeles Forest #LASD Altadena #SAR .Horse rider over the cliff

Updated 4:05 p.m.

As of approximately 3:26 p.m., firefighters and the urban search and rescue unit were attempting to hoist the horse out of the forest, according to a Los Angeles County fire official at the Altadena station.

A helicopter rescue was initially tried and rescuers did not have much luck so they tried heavy rescue, the official told Patch. However, since the location is so high up on the mountain it was difficult for the rescue vehicle to access the area so a helicopter rescue was being attempted again as of 3:26 p.m.

The horse and its rider fell while on the unpaved Brown Mountainway and El Prieto Mountainway. The rider is uninjured.

The County fire department is also asking for assistance from the Departmental Air Rescue Team (DART), which is comprised of animal control officers trained for emergency rescues that involve helicopters and special equipment.

Previously at 3:46 p.m.

County firefighters are preparing to sedate a horse and hoist it out of a ravine where it fell with its rider about 2:39 p.m. in the Angeles National Forest above Altadena, according to the county fire department. The horse rider was not hurt but the horse was.

Check back on Patch for updates.

Carol Lachata November 14, 2012 at 07:22 PM
I hope that the horse fully recovers. Yet another reminder of how treacherous our local decomposed granite trails can be.


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