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Helicopter rescue of an injured hiker who had fallen 75 feet


April 24, 2017

CRESTLINE, Calif On Saturday, April 22 at3:35 p.m. the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Aviation unit was requested by the San Bernardino County Fire Department for a helicopter hoist rescue of a 17 year old fall victim. The victim, Dakota Strahl (age 17 of Victorville) was hiking in the Camp Seely area of Crestline and fell approximately 75 feet down a steep ravine. As a result of the fall the victim sustained serious but non-life threatening injuries.

The Valley patrol helicopter 40King4 quickly responded and located the victim. The crew could not complete the hoist due to the height of the trees in the area and requested San Bernardino County Sheriff's Air Rescue 307 to respond.

Air Rescue 307 has a hoist with a length of over 200 feet. They responded and lowered rescue/medical personnel approximately 220 feet to the victim. She was placed in a rescue litter, hoisted up into the helicopter and flown to Loma Linda University Medical Center for her injuries.



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