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Helicopter rescue of thru packer off Pacific Crest Trail


May 5, 2017 New

LAKE ARROWHEAD, Calif – On Thursday, May 4 a backpacker hiking the Pacific Crest Trail near the Devil’s Hole area of Deep Creek to Canada became ill, started vomiting and requested medical assistance. County Fire responded and requested San Bernardino County Sheriff’s helicopter to help locate the backpacker, Elinor Angel (age 31 of Cary, North Carolina).

Sheriff’s patrol helicopter, 40K2 with Deputies Kowalski and Korkotsakis responded to search for Angel’s exact location. Devil’s Hole is in a remote location 2-3 miles from Lake Arrowhead, near the Deep Creek area with steep and rocky terrain. 40K2 arrived on scene and located Angel where the trail meets Devil’s Hole on the creek.

Sheriff’s Rescue Helicopter 40K4 was requested due to the location and the terrain.

Sheriff’s Rescue Helicopter 40K4, with Sheriffs Corporals Anderson and Ells and County Firefighters Captain Spies and Paramedic Deshon, arrived on scene. Sheriff’s Rescue Helicopter 40K4 using the rescue hoist inserted a rescue medic 100 feet down to Angel’s location. The medic made contact with Angel and determined she was unable to hike out of the area due to her medical condition. Angel was placed in a rescue harness, hoisted to the helicopter and transported to Mountains Community Hospital for further medical treatment.



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