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Sunday January 29th, 2017 :: 08:04 p.m. PST


Air Rescue 07 crew performs a hoist rescue for a hiker suffering serious injuries after falling 30 feet

DATE/TIME: Sunday, January 29, 2017 11:00 a.m.

INCIDENT: Hoist Rescue

LOCATION: Joshua Tree National Park

VICTIM: Colin Campbell, 26 years old, Burbank, Ca.

On Sunday, January 29, 2017, Campbell was rock climbing in Joshua Tree National Park in the area known as Jumbo Rocks. While climbing, Campbell fell approximately 30 feet to the ground below. Witnesses called 911 and reported the incident.

San Bernardino County Fire Department personnel responded and hiked into the location. They found Campbell was suffering from serious injuries and determined he would need to be hoist rescued and flown to the nearest trauma center. The location was several hundred yards from the nearest road in steep and rocky terrain. San Bernardino County Air Rescue 07 was requested to assist.

The crew of Air Rescue 07 arrived and performed the hoist rescue. Sheriff’s Corporal Michael Gilley and Deputy Gordon Yee hovered over the location as Deputy Steve Miller lowered Flight Nurse Kenney Lard approximately 100 feet down into the location. Campbell was secured into a basket and hoisted into the helicopter, followed by Flight Nurse Lard. Once in the helicopter, Flight Nurse Deputy Melanie Munns began treating Campbell. The crew flew Campbell to Desert Regional Medical Center for treatment.

Refer: Cpl. M. Gilley

Station: Aviation Unit

Phone No. (909)252-4100

John McMahon, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

SBSD - Headquarters
655 E 3rd St
San Bernardino, CA 92408

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Non-emergencies: 909-387-3700

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