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Sirens Near 154
updated: Mar 17, 2014, 4:41 PM

By Edhat Subscriber

Is there something happening on 154. We live at the Top of 154, heard a lot of sirens and now a few helicopters. It's extremely windy here.

UPDATE: Identities of Hikers Released and [pic] The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a young male hiker whose body was found this morning. (03/19/14)
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 MOUNTAINMAN4865 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-17 04:46 PM

There's a hiker at Tangerine Falls with two broken ankles and a broken wrist.

 

 COMMENT 503681P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-17 04:47 PM

I heard them also. I'm not able to get any info. I agree extremely windy up here on WCC Would appreciate any news

 

 COMMENT 503683 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-17 04:48 PM

ouch.

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-17 05:16 PM

Took a break sorry..

 

 COMMENT 503694 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-17 05:27 PM

Is this why a helicopter keeps circling in the mountains behind Westmont?

 

 COMMENT 503706P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-17 06:02 PM

My neighbor said she heard the double ankle break report as on Cold Spring Trail, i.e. above Westmont.

 

 COMMENT 503709 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-17 06:29 PM

Palminteri is reporting this:

"MONTECITO RESCUE - Cold Springs Trail - injured hiker with two broken ankles, an injured wrist somewhere around Tangerine Falls. Montecito Fire, Search and Rescue, AMR, helicopter with a hoist - en route."

 

 COMMENT 503710 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-17 06:31 PM

Check KEYT website. Also, there are reports that crews on the ground discovered a second deceased hiker, and there may be a possible third.

 

 COMMENT 503713 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-17 07:09 PM

The rescue folk need to re-evaluate. If they are going to send a helicopter every time someone sprains an ankle - well, it's ridiculous. The Grand Canyon people figured this out a long time ago - Park rangers bill for rescues, otherwise every tired hiker would want a lift back to their car from the bottom of the Canyon.

 

 COMMENT 503715 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-17 07:26 PM

I always thought membership in the "Helicopter Club" was far from free.

 

 COMMENT 503716 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-17 07:31 PM

Oh no... this sounds like a really bad accident...2 broken ankles and a possible broken wrist a possible deceased person and one more..OMGosh.. this is terrible and our rescue crews are awesome and have had plenty of practice with lots of rescues...713.. who are you to judge weather or not some one needs rescue.. better hope it is not you stuck out there sometime and needing help.. accidents happen...this sounds like a tragedy...praying for the best outcome for all involved...

 

 COMMENT 503718P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-17 07:33 PM

713 - If it was a broken ankle, I'd be inclined to think "suck it up", but two broken ankles and broken wrist.... 3 of 4 appendages, makes it pretty hard to help yourself. This is one of the first times in a while that I thought the helicopter and/or Search and Rescue was a necessity.

 

 COMMENT 503721 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-17 07:42 PM

If it was a sprained ankle I might say suck it up, but I know someone that broke both ankles in a fall. I would expect a helo and full rescue response for that.

 

 COMMENT 503724P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-17 07:51 PM

The usual snarky jabs and attempts at insults when no solid info is available. All reaction, no thought, no reason.

 

 COMMENT 503727 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-17 08:04 PM

710, keyt clearly states they are unsure if the injured hiker was in a party or alone. So not sure where your seeing the deceased hiker claim

 

 COMMENT 503733 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-17 08:31 PM

Noozhawk states that the hiker is a woman who was injured out there Sunday night. Another hiker found her today. I'd say she's pretty bad off and needs/deserves the helicopter!

 

 COMMENT 503734P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-17 08:33 PM

"The victim had two broken ankles, one which may be a compound fracture, and a broken wrist, County Fire spokesman Mike Eliason said. Search & Rescue and Montecito Fire responded to the scene and the woman was eventually airlifted out of the area to the Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. It looks like the woman got injured Sunday night and was out on the trail overnight, Eliason said. Authorities are still trying to find out if she was alone or had other people in her hiking party."

http://www.noozhawk.com/article/county_montecito_fire_r
espond_to_injured_hiker1

 

 COMMENT 503739 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-17 08:58 PM

Not sure what Cold springs or Tangerine Falls has to do with the 154 but hiking off trail at Tangerine Falls is a little iffy especially at the top

 

 COMMENT 503743 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-17 09:17 PM

Well now that you know, anyone care to withdraw his comments? If someone was injured walking along the street or the beach, would we snicker and walk past and tell him it was his own dang fault?

Sheriff's report:

Community: One Hiker is Killed and Another is Rescued on Cold Springs Trail

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a young male hiker whose body was found this morning, March 17, on Cold Springs Trail near Tangerine Falls and the rescue of a female hiker who was found this afternoon in the area. Both incidents are still under investigation, but at this point it appears the two, both in their twenties, went on a hike around 4 p.m. yesterday, March 16, and about 45 minutes into the hike they fell. The female suffered two broken ankles and a broken wrist. The male hiker suffered a serious injury to his arm. After a period of time, the male hiker went to get help and was fatally injured when he fell again about 20 to 30 feet down a rocky ledge.

At approximately 10:30 a.m. this morning, a couple hiking on the lower Cold Springs Trail, called 9-1-1 to report seeing a body about 10 to 15 feet off the trail. Sheriff’s deputies and Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue team members responded to the area and found the decedent. Due to the location of the body, it took Sheriff’s Search and Rescue volunteers several hours to transport the decedent out of the area.

Just before 4 p.m. today, several hikers in the upper Cold Springs Trail area discovered an injured female hiker and called 9-1-1. Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team members responded along with personnel from the Montecito Fire Protection District who made contact with the victim. She was airlifted to a local hospital by Santa Barbara County Air Support Unit Copter 3. The victim is in the hospital recovering from her injuries.

The identities of the two hikers involved in this incident are being withheld at this time.
For full details, view this message on the web.

 

 COMMENT 503779P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-18 07:44 AM

Awful. A nice day's outing ending in such sadness. Poor kids; poor families.

 

 COMMENT 503807 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-18 08:46 AM

bottom line: while usually pleasant, hiking on front range trails can have negative consequences. bring a cell phone and walk in a group if unfamiliar with the trail. Tragic stuff happens now and then, as evidenced by this story.

 

 COMMENT 503835 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-18 09:43 AM

omg who has a problem with a heli rescue? are you hung over? did we wake you?

 

 RED CREEK agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-18 10:18 AM

That trail up to and at Tangerine Falls is not for casual hikers, it has rock falls, tons of tree roots, poison oak, steep and deep passage and to get to the falls, height and treacherous sands.

So sad for those kids.

 

 COMMENT 503991 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-18 03:35 PM

I hope 713 feels like an idiot now that we know the tragic details.

 

 COMMENT 504012 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-18 06:22 PM

No kidding, Patrick....

 

 COMMENT 504046P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-18 11:49 PM

This is as good as any reason to INSIST that any and ALL hikers, no matter what their skill level, or the gadgets, or the stuff they are taking on their journey, should be mandated to file where they are, where they are going and who they are with, an estimated time of return and a contact should they not return in a timely manor. That poor woman. How does she get through the rest of her life, never mind the next few months? If they had filed something somewhere, maybe even on their vehicle's windshield, just maybe things could have turned out differently. A tragic and senseless death is too much to pay for a afternoon hike.

 

 COMMENT 504107 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-19 09:43 AM

Crazy that there was a full moon that night but probably hadn't risen yet.

Sense there was understandable panic to get out before nightfall. Yet had they remained calm, the night would have been warm and they'd have had plenty of overhead light to move slowly.

RIP young man and may you recover strong young lady.

 

 COMMENT 504365 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-20 08:20 AM

So sad for these poor young people and their families.

 

 COMMENT 504387 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-20 08:58 AM

These young people are each someone's precious child. They deserve nothing less than our deepest sympathy for this tragic accident :(

 

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