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Search & Rescue

Helo rescue of woman who fell 30 feet

June 2, 2018

FOREST FALLS, Calif On Tuesday, May 29, Araceli Hernandez (age 49 of Rialto) was attempting to climb up a rock face at Big Falls in the Forest Falls area when she slipped and fell approximately 30 feet. Hernandez came to rest at the base of the waterfall and sustained serious injuries as a result of the fall. Several witnesses in the area called 911 to report the incident.

San Bernardino County Fire Department personnel quickly responded to the incident location. Due to the remote rugged terrain ground personnel requested the San Bernardino County Sheriff Sheriff's rescue helicopter perform a hoist rescue of Hernandez.

Sheriff's Air Rescue 306 Helicopter arrived on scene and lowered rescue personnel to the base of the waterfall. Hernandez was placed into a rescue litter, hoisted up to the helicopter and transported to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center for treatment of her injuries.

Air Rescue 306 is staffed by San Bernardino County Sheriff and Fire Department personnel.

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