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Woman climbing on rocks below highway injured in 40 foot fall

August 14, 2017

CRESTLINE, Calif – On Sunday, August 13 at about 9:00 in the morning, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Air Rescue 07 helicopter was dispatched to Highway 18 and Crest Forest Drive to assist the San Bernardino County Fire Department to rescue an injured woman. The victim, Jessica Christenson (age 46 of Long Beach), was attempting to climb on the rocks below Highway 18 when she fell approximately 40 feet.

In the fall, Christenson suffered moderate injuries, and was unable to walk out.

Fire Department personnel arrived and located Christenson before the helicopter arrived. The personnel determined Christenson would need to be hoist rescued due to her injuries and the remote location.

Once the helicopter was in position, an Air Medic was lowered down to Christenson. After a brief medical assessment, Christenson was placed into a rescue harness and hoisted into the helicopter, followed by the medic.

Christenson was flown to Loma Linda University Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

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