AZUSA (AP) — A search will resume at daybreak for a 21-year-old hiker who fell into the San Gabriel River and was swept away north of Azusa.

Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Pete Shupe says the man was hiking with others Friday near the Camp Williams Resort in the Angeles National Forest. At around 1:30 p.m., the man fell into the river from a rope crossing and was swept away by waist-high waters.

The San Gabriel Valley Tribune says other hikers saw him tumble down the river until they lost sight of him.

After five hours of searching by ground and air, rescue crews found a backpack belonging to the hiker but there was no sign of the man.

The search was called off at nightfall Friday but will resume Saturday morning.

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Comments (7)
  1. Willie says:

    Why hold the search next day
    what good search rescue is this
    hiker might be a delicious dinner to those mountain lion
    they need to work hard or he might be ….

    i cant believe it
    lawsuit should be taken for the lack of effort the rescuer have.

    1. Annie says:

      In case you can’t read, there have been swift water rescue teams and police helicopters searching in the day. Searching at night however, for regular untrained citizens is DANGEROUS and it can’t be done until there is some daylight- unless you think losing ANOTHER person is something you can make a snarky remark about.

  2. Lis says:

    Hello? They can’t search in total darkness! It’s pitch black out there.

  3. Lane says:

    Isn’t there a thermal recognition device or night vision camera to pan it through once!

  4. Mike says:

    Willie, you are a complete idiot. Its people like you that need to be put out of their misery.

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