MALIBU—The gorge area of the Malibu Creek State Park known as “Rock Pool” resulted in another injured hiker on Saturday, June 20 when a 17-year-old got hurt while on a climb. The teenager is said to have slipped on the cliffs and fallen into the water below.
The rescue was orchestrated by the Malibu Search and Rescue Team which is comprised of volunteers from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Reserve Deputies, as well as other volunteers.
The SAR team believes the incident to have happened at around 2:00 p.m. He was later found to have sustained an injury to his right leg and needed to be airlifted up from his location to an ambulance on standby.
Just last week, Canyon News reported on another hiker that was injured in the Malibu Creek State Park and had to be airlifted out by the Los Angele County Fire Air Operations. The hiker’s injuries were non life-threatening.
The hiking trail up the adjacent cliffs is known to be challenging for even the most experienced and well-equipped hikers thanks to the steepness and slip factor of the cliffs.
Rock Pool itself is notoriously popular with diving enthusiasts in spite of its dangerous nature. Rocks and uneven depths can remain hidden from divers and are known to have cause a number of injuries in the past.
The Malibu Creek Rock Pools was named one of top 5 best cliff diving spots in Southern California according to The Comprehensive Guide to Cliff Jumping in California.