MALIBU—A 23-year-old hiker was rescued in Malibu on Sunday, January 8, at around 2:30 a.m. after an hours long operation. The hiker was reported missing on Saturday, January 7, around 8:15 p.m.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department sent a helicopter to search for the hiker for over an hour but was unable to locate him. Malibu’s Search and Rescue Team, which was composed of three people, conducted a search in the same region and was able to locate him. 

The hiker was found in a remote location and an additional helicopter was sent out to airlift them from an area that was described as treacherous. It is unknown how the hiker ended up in a remote location.

It is not uncommon for hikers to be unprepared before a hike. It is strongly recommended that individuals hike in pairs, inform someone where they are going and when they are expected to return, and to be mindful of staying on the designated trails.