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Air Rescue of an 87-year-old hiker

September 22, 2017

JENKS LAKE, Calif On Saturday, September 16 at about 11:45 a.m., San Bernardino County Fire received a 911 call from a reporting party in the Jenks Lake area regarding a victim, Ernest Scheuer (age 87 of Los Angeles) who was suffering from a medical condition while hiking. San Bernardino County Sheriff's Communications was also notified. Deputies from Yucaipa Sheriff Station, San Bernardino County Fire personnel and Sheriff's Aviation Unit 40K6 helicopter responded to the area and began searching for the victim.

The crew of 40K6 located the victim at the 8,000-foot level among large trees and several miles from any road. Due to the location, elevation and trees that were over 200 feet in height, the Sheriff's Air Rescue 306 helicopter was requested.

Once on scene, the crew lowered rescue personnel down to the victim. Scheuer was placed into a rescue basket, hoisted up to the helicopter and flown to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center for treatment of no-life-threatening injuries.

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