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Ventura County Sheriff's Office
Sunday August 8th, 2010 :: 06:46 p.m. PDT


Helicopter Rescue

Location: Punch Bowls, Santa Paula Canyon, Santa Paula, CA

Date & Time: August 7, 2010, 6:15 PM

Unit Responsible: Sheriff’s Aviation Unit

(V)ictim: City of Residence: Age:

V1 – Marice Lamburt Long Beach 39 years


On August 7, 2010, at approximately 6:15 PM, a helicopter was requested for a male who fell in the punch bowls in Santa Paula Canyon. Initial information stated Marice Lamburt fell approximately twenty-five feet off a rock and sustained traumatic injuries. This is a remote area in the Los Padres National Forest and is only accessible by foot or helicopter.

The Sheriff’s Department helicopter, piloted by Kim Bergeson, responded with a rescue crew consisting of Crew Chiefs Jeff Golden, Don White and Paramedic Jacyen Justus. After an aerial search of the canyon was initiated, Lamburt was located laying on a rock adjacent to the river in a narrow part of the canyon known as the “slide.”

Due to the unknown medical condition of Lamburt, the rescue helicopter hovered over the area to begin a rescue operation. Justus and crew chief White were hoisted approximately 150’ down into the narrow canyon. Due to the injuries sustained by Lamburt, the decision was made to remove Lamburt from the location by helicopter.

Lamburt was placed on a backboard and secured inside a stokes basket for hoisting. Lamburt was subsequently hoisted out of the canyon and placed inside the helicopter. Justus and White were hoisted into the helicopter and Lamburt was flown to the Ventura County Medical Center for further evaluation and treatment.

Video of the rescue is pending and should be released by August 10, 2010.

Officer Preparing Release: Sr. Deputy White

Follow-up Contact: Ventura County Sheriff’s Aviation Unit (805) 388-4212

Date of Release: August 8, 2010

Approved by: Captain Dowd

Ventura County Sheriff's Office
800 S Victoria Ave
Ventura, CA 93009

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 805-654-9511

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