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Helicopter rescue of an injured hiker in Aztec Falls

June 20, 2017

LAKE ARROWHEAD, Calif – On Sunday, June 18 at 8:20 in the morning, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Aviation was requested by San Bernardino County Fire Dispatch to respond to the Aztec Falls area for a possible hoist rescue of a fall victim. The victim, Kevin Gaylord (age 23 of Los Angeles), was hiking through steep terrain when he fell and sustained non-life threatening injuries and could not hike out of the area on his own.

The sheriff’s patrol helicopter 40King4 quickly responded to the area, located the victim and confirmed a hoist rescue would be required due to the steep and nearly inaccessible terrain.

Sheriff’s Air Rescue helicopter 306 responded to the scene and lowered an Air Medic approximately 140 feet down to the Gaylord. Gaylord was placed into a rescue harness hoisted up to the helicopter and flown to Mountain’s Community Hospital for treatment of his injuries.

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