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Helicopter rescue of sick lost woman


July 12, 2017

LYTLE CREEK, Calif On Friday, July 7 about 9:30 in the evening, San Bernardino County Sheriff - Fontana Station deputies requested the assistance of Sheriff's Aviation to respond to the Lytle Creek area and assist with locating a possible injured hiker. The female victim, Louisa Guillen, (age 29 of Bloomington) was hiking with her brother when they became separated.

Louisa then became disoriented and removed her clothing after suffering from heat exhaustion and dehydration. She also became ill after drinking water from a creek bed and was unable to hike any further due to the terrain and her condition.

When the victim's brother reached a house he placed the call to 911.

The sheriff's desert patrol helicopter (40King2) responded to the area and located the victim along the mountainside on the north fork. The victim stated that she could not move. It was determined that a hoist rescue would be required due to the victim's medical condition and terrain. The helicopter was able to lower a flight officer approximately 125 feet down to Louisa who was then placed into a rescue harness, hoisted up to the helicopter and was flown to an awaiting ambulance.



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