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Woman rescued after falling 30 feet over waterfall

February 8, 2018

FOREST FALLS, Calif – On February 7 around 3:00 p.m., Christina Farrell (age 29 of Yucaipa) was hiking the area known as Big Falls in Forest Falls. Big Falls is a series of connected water falls, some of which are 30 feet in height. While climbing down, Farrell slipped and fell approximately 30 feet to the rocks below. Farrell suffered major injuries during the fall and witnesses called 911.

Medical personnel requested San Bernardino County Air Rescue Helicopter 06 to assist. The crew, which consisted of personnel from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and the San Bernardino County Fire Department responded and located Farrell at the base of the falls. They determined a hoist rescue would be required based on Farrell’s location.

The crew set up and performed a hoist rescue of Farrell. After she was secure in the helicopter, Farrell was flown to a local area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

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