SYLMAR (CBS) — A city rescue team took to the air to find a missing hiker who got lost in the mountains above Sylmar Thursday.

Julian Jimenez lost track of his friends during a Thanksgiving outing in the afternoon, according to fire officials.

“I was pretty nervous,” Jimenez said. “I thought I was going to die.”

Los Angeles city firefighters used a helicopter to locate the man just north of the 14400 block of Olive Drive. He was hoisted to safer ground shortly after 5 p.m., firefighter Shawn Lenkse said.

Jimenez sprained his ankle while trying to find his way back.

“I thought I was going to be back with my family,” said Jimenez, shortly after he was rescued. “I thought it was going to be a little hike and back, but we’re still here at dark.”

Comments (15)
  1. FFL says:

    I saw this on the news-Absolute dumb airheads! Most likely not from the area (ya right)

  2. LLL says:

    ^^^ Elaborate please

  3. Jason says:

    He is probably an illegal alien from Mexico. Now the taxpayers have to pay for the services involved in this rescue. All we get is a “thank you senor”. America is run by a bunch of idiots.

  4. Liz Carson says:

    Why didn’t he call one of his friends to come get him? He should have to pay the costs of the rescue.

  5. JEFE DE ARIZONA says:

    if this guy had committed a serious crime here in america…he would had no problem finding his way back to mexico..thru a desert in pit dark. i am still paying federal taxs for 2010 thru agreement plan and every month …there is a 25 dollar added for penalty. and this chopper cost thousands per hour to operate…GEEZ! I FORGOT..THIS IS CALIFORNIA AND THE DEMOCRACTS AND THE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT LOVING JERRY BROWN & AND THAT PUTO MAYOR OF LOS ANGLES.

  6. joe says:

    this rescue might be expensive but it is a drop in the bucket compared to the endless useless wars america is involved in. but keep complaining about illegal immigrants, your grandchildren might be illegally emigrating.

    1. illegal says:


  7. Heisenburg says:

    These kids are clearly speaking fluent English, just because they are of a darker complexion doesn’t necessarily mean they are here illegally. How can we advance in this society and eliminate racism if we keep these contingencies and racial stereotypes that seem to arise only when a fellow human being is in need of help or assistance? If you value a few “taxpayer dollars” more than the kid’s personal well being or life then I feel sorry you my friend, for those are some of the most un-American principles I’ve heard in quite some time.

    1. illegal says:

      MEXICAN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. IiB says:

    I think Joe & Heisenburg are the only reasonable people posting on this video. As for the rest of you, I was there. the kid was stuck with no possibility of getting out of there safely before dark. He’s a U.S citizen just like you & I, so the only logical explanation to your defense left is racism. You’d think someone so concerned with the well-being of the nation would be capable of rational thought and free of childish prejudice. If anyone should be leaving this country it’s ignorant fools such as yourselves.

    1. illegal says:

      Shut Up MEXICAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      1. IiB says:

        point proven

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