Search Resumes For Hiker Swept Away In San Gabriel River

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

Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Rich Pena says a search and rescue team with a helicopter began searching again Saturday morning in the rugged area of the Angeles National Forest.

Joe Le, a 20-year-old Anaheim resident, was hiking with others Friday near the Camp Williams Resort. Le fell into the river from a rope crossing and was swept away by waist-high waters.

Authorities say 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 initial search was called off at nightfall Friday.

For more information on the missing hiker and the call for prayers in his honor go to Joe Le’s Facebook page.

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  • WJC

    Search & Rescue will find him down stream in the catch basin.
    The water is moving very fast to over come a fall like that.
    RIp Mr. Le.

  • Mary

    I am a hiker… my hearyt goes out to the family, and the young man. :(

  • nissa

    “Natures way”? What an asinine thing to put out there. My condolences to his friends and family. :-(

  • unknown

    people have to start mentioning God. God is nt used as much anymore, this scares me! This is fate, and death is unpredictable!

  • suzie

    When you finally bite the big one, I sure hope someone posts a similar post about your passing.

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