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Helicopter rescue on injured hiker at Castle Rock in Big Bear

August 30, 2017

BIG BEAR, Calif On Monday, August 28 at 2:25 in the afternoon Anna Fay Hannah (age 60 of Texas) was hiking in the Big Bear area at Castle Rock when she fell and sustained a non-life threatening injury. She was unable to hike out of the area and called 911 for help.

Big Bear Fire personnel arrived at the scene and began hiking to her. Fire personnel were assisted by Sheriff's patrol helicopter 40K5. The crew of 40K5 located the injured hiker and guided medical personnel to her. Medical personnel assessed the victim and decided a hoist rescue would be appropriate due to the victim's injuries, steep terrain, and distance to a roadway.

Air Rescue 307 helicopter responded with a crew that included a paramedic who was hoisted down about 100' to the injured hiker who was surrounded by large boulders and trees. He assessed the patient and placed her in a rescue harness. The hiker was then hoisted to the helicopter.

The injured hiker was transported to the Big Bear Airport where she was transported by ground to Bear Valley Community Hospital for treatment.

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