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SBSD - Headquarters
Saturday August 24th, 2019 :: 12:09 p.m. PDT


Sheriff’s Air Rescue 306 performs hoist rescue for hiker suffering from a heat related injury in Bonita Falls

DATE/TIME:     Saturday, August 24, 2019, 9:30 a.m.

INCIDENT:    Hoist Rescue          

LOCATION:    Bonita Falls, Lytle Creek 

VICTIM:     Sherlett King, 50-year-old resident of Corona


On Saturday, August 24, 2019, at approximately 9:30 a.m., Sheriff’s Aviation was requested by San Bernardino County Fire, for an injured hiker at Bonita Falls. Sheriff’s patrol helicopter, 40King6, responded to the area and began a search for the victim. When the 911 call was made, dispatch was able to get the GPS coordinates from the victim. During the area check for the victim, the crew of 40King6 was able to locate several people waving for help and pointing underneath large trees. The crew was unable to see an injured victim and thought the victim was possibly in an area not visible from the air. Due to the location and terrain 40King6 requested Sheriff’s Air Rescue 306 to perform a hoist rescue.  

Air Rescue 306 arrived and lowered a medic to contact the victim. The medic was lowered between the trees and had to hike a short distance to the victim. The medic contacted the victim and advised Air Rescue 306 the injured hiker was suffering from a heat related injury. The medic placed the victim into a rescue harness and Air Rescue 306 hovered above the victim and hoisted her to the helicopter followed by the medic. The victim had non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to an ambulance at the Lytle Creek Ranger Station.    


Refer:        Corporal R. Peppler 


Station:     Emergency Operations Division- Aviation Unit


Case #:     BDC19-184621


Phone No.     (909)252-4100

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

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Non-emergencies: 909-387-3700

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