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Helicopter rescue of man who became disoriented and stuck on a steep shale rock slope


April 24, 2017

SAN GORGONIO MOUNTAIN, SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY, Calif – On Friday, April 21st, at approximately 5:51 p.m., San Bernardino County Sheriff's Aviation deputies respond to a 911 call for help from a stranded hiker. The victim, Andrew Frey, parked his car in the Angelus Oaks area and set out on a lone day hike. During his return hike he veered off the main trail and became disoriented. He was cold, wet, scared, and nightfall was only 2 hours away. He subsequently called 911 for help.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff's 40K5 helicopter was dispatched and flew up to the location to begin their search. Approximately 20 minutes later Frey was located on a steep shale rock slope far away from the main trail. The victim was advised to remain there and the helicopter would return to extract him.

A request was made for the Desert Crew to meet at San Bernardino Airport to combine crews for the hoist mission.

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s helicopter 40K3 was outfitted with a hoist and went up to perform the rescue of Mr. Frey. Frey was placed into a rescue extraction suit and lifted up into the helicopter. He was transported down to a Forest Falls turnout where he was released to sheriff’s deputies.

The victim did not require any medical treatment.



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