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Night Helicopter Rescue of Hiker on Mt Baldy

November 8, 2016

MOUNT BALDY, Calif – On November 6, at 4:46 p.m., San Bernardino County Sheriff ’s patrol helicopter 40King 5, crewed by Pilot Deputy Doug Brimmer and Flight Officer Larry Scott, were dispatched to an injured hiker to the San Antonio Falls area of Mt. Baldy. The hiker, later identified as Elizabeth Pendleton (age 34 of Santee), was hiking down from the San Antonio Falls in the area of Mt Baldy and fell, suffering non-life threatening injuries.

The crew of 40King 5 responded to the area to search for Pendleton and located her. Sheriff’s rescue helicopter Air Rescue 6 was requested to respond, crewed by Pilot Cpl. Jon Anderson, Crew Chief Deputy Steve Miller, and volunteer medic Melony Munns, to perform a hoist rescue. Due to the time of the day, and the loss of sunlight, rescue crews determined a hoist rescue using night goggles was necessary. Patrol helicopter 40King1, crewed by Deputy Pilot Jon Roberg and Deputy TFO Paul Kowalski, was called to the scene to perform a hoist using night vision goggles.

Using Air Rescue 306's medic, the crew on 40K1 flew to the falls and lowered the medic to Pendleton. The medic put Pendleton into a Rescue Suit Harness, and she was hoisted up into the helicopter. She was flown to a nearby area where fire personnel were waiting to render medical aid.

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