By Mary O’KEEFE
Los Angeles County Sheriff Homicide Unit responded to the Hermit Falls area of Angeles National Forest at 9:30 a.m. regarding a “recreational accident.”
An 18-year-old man, later identified as Jesse Yuth of Signal Hill, jumped 50 feet from the top of the fall into a pond below.
“Two teens were with him at the time he jumped,” said Dep. Jeffrey Gordon.
The teens realized their friend was in trouble and entered into the water and attempted to rescue him but he was non-responsive. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.
The two teens were air lifted to local hospital for treatment of hypothermia.
“We have had hikers break their ankles and [other injuries],” Gordon said of the location.
Gordon said, some people are not aware of how swallow the water is at Hermit Falls.