Boy falls 50 feet off Escondido Falls; Woman evacuated from Backbone trail

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LA County Fire Units and Malibu Search and Rescue team members at the Escondido Falls trailhead on Sunday, Feb. 17. 

A 7-year-old boy was injured Sunday afternoon when he fell 50 feet from a waterfall in Escondido Falls in Malibu while climbing with his mother and others, according to David Katz of the Malibu Search and Rescue Team. The boy fell 50 feet from the upper falls, suffering “bumps and bruises but was otherwise in good condition,” according to the Malibu SAR team’s Facebook page. The child was hoisted by helicopter out of the area and flown to UCLA Medical Center for reported minor injuries, Katz said.

Earlier in the day, the search and rescue (SAR) team received a call at 11:24 a.m. about a female hiker with a reported broken leg on the Backbone Trail on an approximately 45-minute hike from Stunt Road south of the Mulholland Highway. The Los Angeles County Fire Department dispatch guided the injured hiker and her party to a landing point for LACFD Helicopter 18, which flew her to the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station for transport by ground ambulance, Katz said.