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Helicopter rescue of three hikers who try shortcut to mountain top

November 17, 2019

FOREST FALLS, Calif – On Saturday November 9, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Dispatch received a 911 call from Jeffrey Schall (age 32 of Irvine). Schall was hiking with Geraldine Delgado (age 32 of Riverside) and Jessica Ramirez (age 29 of Loma Linda) on the Vivian Creek Trail trying to reach Galena Peak. The three attempted to take a shortcut and climbed a rocky cliff face thinking the top of the cliff would lead them to their destination.

When they reached the top, they realized it was not Galena peak but a narrow rocky ridgeline that they could not continue up or climb back down.

Sheriff’s patrol helicopter (40King6) and rescue helicopter (Air Rescue 306) responded. The crew of 40King6 located all three on top of a very narrow rocky ridgeline at the approximate 8,400-foot level just south of the Mill Creek Jump Off in the Forest Falls area. Due to the remote area and the steep rocky terrain, a hoist rescue was required.

p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-top: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px" align="justify">Air Rescue 306 arrived and lowered rescue personnel to the hikers. One by one, Schall, Delgado and Ramirez were placed into rescue harnesses, hoisted up to the helicopter and transported to a sheriff’s patrol unit and ambulance that were staged few miles away near the town of Forest Falls. All three subjects were found to be in good health with no injuries.

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