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Helicopter rescue of two injured hikers on Cucamonga Peak Trail

April 18, 2017

LYTLE CREEK, Calif On Saturday, April 15, San Bernardino County Sheriff's Aviation helicopter was requested by Sheriff's Dispatch for a possible hoist recue of two injured hikers who fell while hiking on the Cucamonga Peak Trail. The sheriff's valley patrol helicopter 40King4 responded and quickly located both injured parties. One hiker, HugoRivera (age 50 of Los Angeles) was located approximately 400 feet below the trail in steep rocky terrain. The other hiker, Hortencia Brown (age 42 of Thousand Oaks) was located on the Cucamonga Peak Trail at the approximate 7,200-foot elevation.

Due to the terrain and remote location of both victims, the crew requested Sheriff's Air Rescue 307 helicopter to conduct a hoist rescue of both victims.

Air Rescue 307 responded to the area, determined Rivera was in immediate need of medical treatment and lowered rescue and medical personnel to him. After placing Rivera in a stokes litter, he was hoisted up into the helicopter. As a result of the fall, Rivera sustained serious life threatening injuries and the decision was made to immediately transport Rivera to the hospital.

The crew left rescue personnel with Brown and transported Rivera to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center for his injuries. After transporting Rivera, Air recue 307 returned to the scene and lowered additional medical personnel to Brown. Brown was placed in a rescue harness and hoisted up to the helicopter followed by rescue personnel. Brown sustained non-life threatening injuries and was flown to a waiting ambulance a few miles from the scene.

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