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Helicopters Circle Overhead as Climber Is Rescued from Stoney Point

Powerful searchlights scoured the rugged terrain after dark.

An injured climber was airlifted after dark from Stoney Point in Chatsworth by a Los Angeles Fire Department helicopter Wednesday.

The climber was transferred to a Fire Station 96 ambulance and taken to Northridge Hospital, according to an LAFD radio broadcast.

At least four helicopters began circling Stoney Point at about 9 p.m. shining their powerful searchlights at the rugged terrain. One copter departed, and while two others shined their lights at the peak, a third dropped a rescue line, according to Susan Eskander at nearby Trail's End Ranch.

The last helicopter departed the scene at about 11:15 p.m. There were no details available as to the climber's injuries.

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Alan Jones August 02, 2012 at 05:23 PM
Having lived beneath Stoney Point for 24 years, This is a 3-4 times a summer event. It always occurs at night, especially during the full moon cycle which we are currently in. Who decides mountain climbing in the dark is in their best interest? My understanding is that large quanities of beer has a lot to do with it. Firemen get to practice their rappelling skills, helicopter pilots get to practice their nighttime hovering skills. The city gets to pay for 3 helicopters which go for around $2000/hour flight time. So last night we had 3 helicopters for 2 hours, that's roughly $12,000.
Ron Sellz August 02, 2012 at 06:23 PM
If mountain climbing is your thing, then do it in daylight. Too many accidents happen at night. But, if this doesn't keep you from doing a crazy stunt like this, the bill should be on you. There's no reason why the city should foot the bill because you did a stupid thing. And the most important thing of all; no one needs to put his or her life on the line to save someone who didn't think out such a stupid stunt. Ron Sellz
Denise August 02, 2012 at 08:45 PM
I agree. This happens at least 3-4 times each summer. I knew as soon as we got on to Topanga last night from 118 what the situation was.. People are nuts! Plus, the manpower required and the cost. Does the person rescued pay?
Kat August 02, 2012 at 10:10 PM
Thank you Chatsworth Patch, for informing us of what happened. I live on Heather Lee Lane, too close to Stoney Point, and I didn't know what was happening. I am used to this in the daytime, however having helicopters hover over your house for roughly two hours at night is worrisome. I thought they were after a criminal of some sort. Thanks to all our Firemen and Police for always being there for us.
Nicholas Mudd December 11, 2012 at 10:35 PM
Ron makes a lot of good points--but I'd go even further and argue that people should be prohibited from driving their cars at night. It's an intrinsically stupid and dangerous activity and its practitioners should be responsible for the cost of all rescue efforts if they are involved in an accident after dark. If they are selfish enough to put police, EMTs and firefighters at risk with their stupid behavior then they can foot the bill.
Chas No December 29, 2012 at 06:37 PM
Most of these rescues are not real climbers they are often drunk kids out having a party and doing stupid things, some are most likely taggers too.

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