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Helicopter rescue of one-year-old who goes over falls

March 20, 2017

LAKE ARROWHEAD, Calif – On Sunday, March 19 at 2:10 p.m., a family was at the area known at Aztec Falls near Lake Arrowhead during a day hike. The family members were near the top of a 25 foot waterfall when a one-year-old boy member of the family and another member of the family accidently went over the waterfall and into the pool below.

The one-year-old was underwater for a short time before being pulled from the water. Witnesses called 911 and requested assistance. Due to the remote location, as well as the age of the victim, Sheriff’s Helicopter Air Rescue 7 was requested.

The crew of San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Helicopter Air Rescue 7, Corporal Michael Gilley, Crew Chief Deputy Wayne Hess, Doctor Steve Patterson and Deputy Gordon Yee arrived and located the victim at the base of the waterfall. The crew determined a hoist rescue was the quickest way to get the victim out of the location. Doctor Patterson was hoisted down and found the victim was breathing. Doctor Patterson performed an assessment of the victim and determined he needed to be transported to the nearest trauma center for evaluation. The boy was hoisted into the helicopter and flown to a nearby trauma center for treatment. Medical staff determined the boy did not suffer any injuries.

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