MALIBU—On Monday, September 2, officials from Malibu Search and Rescue Team, Los Angeles County Fire Department, McCormick Ambulance Service and Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Aero Bureau responded to a call to rescue 10 hikers who were split up. One group ran out of water, and one of the hikers suffered from heat exhaustion leading to his death.
Jeffrey Sherman, 63, of Thousand Oaks has been identified as the victim. According to reports, he suffered a heart attack. The Los Angeles Fire Department received a call on Monday around 2 p.m. for medical assistance and the emergency crew went onto the scene at Kanan Dume and Edison Road.
The Malibu SAR posted the following message on their Facebook page:
“Los Angeles County Fire Department LASD Aero Bureau McCormick Ambulance Service worked together to save 8 hikers in four different locations in simultaneous calls for help in the #zumacanyon area of #Malibu this afternoon. The hikers were located in different areas of four cliff-sides. Unfortunately, one additional hiker, a male adult, succumbed to heat stroke and passed away, despite efforts by nearby hikers and #MalibuSAR personnel. The rescues spanned over three hours, and involved numerous fire, MalibuSAR and LASD personnel as well as two helicopters. Our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of the man who perished. #sar #savinglives #teamwork #firstresponders.”
According to the California News Wire Service, the coroners office indicated the cause of death for Sherman was cardiopulmonary arrest.
Written By Maydeen Merino and Casey Jacobs