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Tuesday December 5th, 2017 :: 08:37 a.m. PST


40K8 assists Air Rescue 306 with hoist rescue of climber who fell 150 ft while climbing Ryan Canyon in Joshua Tree

DATE/TIME:   Saturday, December 2, 2017
INCIDENT:     Hoist Rescue of Climber        
LOCATION:    Ryan Canyon, Joshua Tree National Park
VICTIM:           Angela Guo, Resident of San Diego                         
CREW:            AR306-  Pilot- Deputy R. Conner, Crew Chief- Cpl. J. Scalise, Medics-  Reserve Deputy W. Hess, Paramedic’s D. Word and P. Peng
On Saturday, December 2, 2017 at approximately 6:00 p.m., the crew of Air Rescue 306 was requested by County Fire to assist with the rescue of a fall victim in the Joshua Tree National Park.  Initial information received was a climber had fallen approximately 150 feet and was dangling from a rope in a remote area of the park.  As ground units arrived, they confirmed the subject was conscious, however, was still suspended approximately 150 feet above ground level and inaccessible by rescuers.

The crew of Air Rescue 306 along with the crew of 40King8 responded to the area.  With 40king8 providing illumination, Deputy Pilot R. Conner hovered above the scene.  Corporal J. Scalise lowered Reserve Deputy W. Hess approximately 115 feet to the victim who was trapped in a small crevasse.  Deputy Hess placed the victim in to a recue harness and both Hess and the victim were hoisted from the scene.

The victim, during her fall, received moderate injuries and was flown to Desert Regional Medical Center for treatment.

The entire hoist rescue was performed in darkness with the use of Night Vision Goggles.

Refer:              Cpl. J. Scalise
Station:            Emergency Operations Division- Aviation Unit
Case #:           BDC# 17-129056
Phone No.       (909)252-4100
JOHN McMAHON, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department
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