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Woman with head injury helicoptered out of mountain canyon

April 19, 2018

MOUNT BALDY, Calif – On Saturday, April 14 at 8:10 a.m., deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Aviation unit and the Fontana Sheriff’s Station were requested by San Bernardino County Fire personnel to assist with a reported injured hiker on the Ice House Canyon Trail. The victim, Liliana Hurtado (age 42 of Whittier), was hiking the trail with friends and fell approximately 10 feet down a steep rocky hillside.

Hurtado suffered an injury to her head during the fall and was unable to walk. Her friends called 911 and reported the incident.

Fire personnel arrived at the location and hiked up the trail to Hurtado. Due to the extent of injury, it was determined Hurtado would need to be helicopter hoist rescued. Sheriff’s patrol helicopter (40King2) and rescue helicopter (Air Rescue 7) were dispatched to the location to search for and rescue the victim.

The crew of 40King2 coordinated with San Bernardino County Fire to determine the location of the victim. The crew located Hurtado with fire personnel and confirmed Air Rescue 7 was needed to complete a hoist rescue.

A Sheriff’s volunteer rescue medic was lowered to Hurtado from the helicopter to assist with rescue operations. The victim was secured into a rescue basket and was hoisted into the helicopter, followed by the medic. The victim was flown to a local hospital for further medical treatment.

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