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UPDATE: Stranded hiker rescued in Towsley Canyon

Posted: October 28, 2012 2:45 p.m.
Updated: October 28, 2012 5:29 p.m.

A Los Angeles County Fire Department Air Squad member escorts a hiker away from the helicopter in Towsley Canyon on Sunday. (Rick McClure/For The Signal)

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A hiker was plucked from a hilltop in Towsley Canyon on Sunday afternoon, after she reportedly climbed to the top and was unable to scale back down, officials said.

Paramedics aboard a helicopter found the woman, believed to be in her 40s or 50s, “stuck on a mountain” in Towsley Canyon Park unharmed, said officials with the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

Search and rescue cliff-scalers were among the emergency crews called in for the rescue.

“They walked her to the copter,” said the department spokesman who asked that his name not be used.

“She was scared apparently,” he said. “There was no injury.”

About 1:15 p.m., firefighters including those aboard at least one helicopter unit were dispatched to Towsley Canyon on The Old Road, said Supervisor Melanie Flores.

“We have her stuck on a mountain,” Flores said. “We have to find out where she is first.”

Also dispatched to Towsley Canyon Park were specially trained firefighters with the Urban Search and Rescue unit, she said.

Some of those crew members were pulled away from the annual Haunted Jailhouse festivities staged by the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station, said Deputy Josh Dubin.

The crew members were helping out with the fundraiser by strapping kids into a harness and letting them glide along a short zip-line.

“The rescue team was called just in case they have to go in over the side to get to her,” Flores said.

Firefighters received report of the stranded hiker from a man who had also been hiking in the park, she said.



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