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Evening Helicopter Rescue of Two Hikers from Mt. Baldy


February 18, 2017

MT. BALDY, Calif – On Wednesday, February 15, David Quezada (age 24 of Riverside) and Angelica Reyes (age 20 of Ontario) were hiking on the Barret Stoddard Truck Trail in Mt. Baldy. At approximately 6:00 p.m., they hiked to a steep location off the trail at the 3,500-foot elevation. Due to the steep inclination of the mountainside, they were unable to move any further safely, and called 911 for help.

Sheriff’s Patrol helicopter 40 King 1, Crewed by Deputies Jim Landry and Brad Heard, responded to the location utilizing night vision goggles (NVGs) and located Quezada and Reyes stuck on the steep mountainside. The patrol crew determined a hoist rescue would need to be performed.

Air Rescue helicopter 307, with the crew of Pilot Sergeant Al Daniel, Crew Chief Sergeant Dan Futscher, Fire Captain Mark Murphy and Firefighter-Paramedic Eric Sherwin responded to the location to conduct an NVG hoist. Futscher lowered Sherwin approximately 175 feet to Quezada, Sherwin secured him with a safety harness, and both were hoisted to the aircraft. Quezada was flown to the San Antonio Dam where ground personnel treated him.

Air Rescue helicopter 307 responded back to the location. Futscher lowered Sherwin approximately 179 feet to Reyes, Sherwin secured her with a safety harness, and both were hoisted to the aircraft. Reyes was flown to the San Antonio Dam where ground personnel treated her.

As a reminder when hiking in the forest, please ensure you have the appropriate hiking equipment and are adequately prepared for the weather and environment.



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