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Monday January 9th, 2023 :: 04:47 p.m. PST


Hiker Succumbs to Injuries Received In Fall Down Baldy Bowl

DATE: Sunday, January 8, 2023

INCIDENT: Hoist Rescue

LOCATION: Baldy Bowl, Mt. Baldy 

VICTIM(S): Female Hiker-Identity Withheld Pending Next of Kin Notification

SUMMARY: On Sunday, January 8, 2023, Sheriff's Dispatch received a call from California Office of Emergency Services  in reference to an SOS message from a Garmin InReach device. The message reported that someone had just fallen down the Baldy Bowl in Mt. Baldy. The information was relayed to the Fontana Sheriff's Station for immediate response. Sheriff's Aviation was requested to assist in locating the fallen hiker using coordinates from the Garmin InReach device.  

Sheriff's patrol helicopter, 40 King, responded to the scene and located the hiker with the provided coordinates. It was estimated that the hiker slid 500-700 feet down the icy, Baldy Bowl. The hiker was down on a steep and icy hillside, surrounded by numerous helpful hikers assisting in any way they could. 40 King hoisted a medic down to the hiker to assess her injuries. The medic requested Sheriff's Air Rescue for a hoist and transport due to substantial injuries. Air Rescue 306 responded and lowered an additional medic and gear.    

During that time, the hiker succumbed to her injuries. Shortly after, the weather cleared, allowing Air Rescue to complete the hoist. The hiker was flown to Sheriff's Aviation and subsequently transported to the San Bernardino County Coroner's Office.      

Within the past two weeks, two hikers have slid on ice on Mt. Baldy and both succumbed to their injuries. Many fall victims are reported on the same mountain in the winter season. We encourage hikers to please come prepared and hike responsibly. Wear appropriate clothing for the colder weather conditions and have the proper snow and ice gear with you. For more tips visit ""    

40 King Crew:  Pilot Deputy Doug Brimmer
                          Tactical Flight Officer Deputy Jonathan Holt

Air Rescue 6 Crew:  Pilot Deputy Doug Brimmer
                                  Crew Chief Deputy Greg Hanrahan
                                  SED Medic AEMT Eric Rose
                                   Air Medic AEMT Gordon Yee

Refer: Deputy Doug Brimmer

Station: Emergency Operations Division/Aviation Unit

Phone No. 909-252-4100

Case No. DR#032300061

SHANNON D. DICUS, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

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

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