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Personal Emergency Beacon guides rescuers to injured woman

April 16, 2018

MOUNT BALDY, Calif – On Sunday, April 15 at about 12:17 p.m., the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a personal emergency beacon activation. Information from the activation stated a female fell while hiking the Cucamonga Peak Trail near Mt. Baldy and suffered a lower leg fracture.

The GPS coordinates from the locator beacon placed the victim at the 7,500-foot level. The Fontana Sheriff’s Station received the call and requested Sheriff’s Aviation to assist with search and rescue operations.

The crew of Sheriff’s Air Rescue Helicopter 07 received the information and responded to the location. Upon arrival, the rescue crew immediately located the victim, Amber Stephens (age 31 of Torrance) at the exact location provided by the emergency beacon signal.

A Sheriff’s volunteer medic was lowered to Stephens from the helicopter to assess her injuries. Stephens suffered non-life-threatening injuries to her lower leg; however, she was unable to safely hike out. Stephens was secured into a rescue harness and was hoisted up into the helicopter, followed by the medic. Stephens was then flown to an awaiting ambulance nearby for further medical care.

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