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Hermit Falls death: Victim of deadly fall was Signal Hill teen

Authorities are investigating the death of a person at Hermit Falls, a popular hiking destination in the Angeles National Forest.
Authorities are investigating the death of a person at Hermit Falls, a popular hiking destination in the Angeles National Forest.
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4:15 p.m.: Victim of deadly fall identified

Los Angeles County authorities say an 18-year-old man has died after jumping from the top of a waterfall into a pond in the San Gabriel Mountains.

Officials say Jesse Yuth of Signal Hill died after making the increasingly popular jump over Hermit Falls on Wednesday morning in the Chantry Flats hiking area.

A sheriff's statement says two younger teens jumped in after him and were airlifted out and treated at a hospital for hypothermia.

The waterfall is a hiking destination and has become popular with people seeking to jump into the pool at the bottom. A 19-year-old college student died making the same leap in 2013.

Chantry Flats is in the mountains above foothill suburbs northeast of Los Angeles.

— Associated Press

1:30 p.m.: Death reported at Hermit Falls

Los Angeles County authorities are investigating the death of a person at a waterfall in the San Gabriel Mountains.

Sheriff's Lt. Loy McBride says the man's death was reported Wednesday morning at Hermit Falls in the Chantry Flats area and the circumstances are not yet known.

McBride says two other people were flown out of the location in the Angeles National Forest and are OK.

The waterfall is a hiking destination and has become popular with people seeking to jump into the pool at the bottom.

In 2013, Rob Klusman, operations leader for Sierra Madre Search and Rescue, told KPCC he believed social media and videos of people jumping into the natural pool had a lot to do with the increase in rescue calls in the area.

Chantry Flats is in the mountains above foothill suburbs northeast of Los Angeles.

This story has been updated.