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Helicopter rescue after man falls down waterfall

August 5, 2019

FOREST FALLS, Calif – On Wednesday, July 31 about 1:30 p.m., the Julian Jaimes (age 18 of San Jacinto) was hiking to Big Falls in the Forest Falls area. While attempting to climb to the top of the waterfall, Jaimes slipped on the wet rocks and fell approximately 20 to 30 feet.

As a result of the fall, Jaimes sustained serious injuries and was unable to hike out of the area on his own. Due to the remote location of the victim, San Bernardino County Fire Department personnel requested the Sheriff’s rescue helicopter for a hoist rescue.

Sheriff’s helicopter 40K6 responded to the area, located Jaimes at the base of the falls and confirmed a hoist rescue was required to safely extricate Jaimes from the rocky terrain. Sheriff’s rescue helicopter Air Rescue 306 responded and lowered rescue personnel to Jaimes. Jaimes was placed into a rescue basket, hoisted up to the helicopter and transported to Loma Linda University Medical Center with serious injuries.

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