By Susan A. Neufeld
Mountain Communities – At approximately 9:00 a.m. Sunday August 13, Sheriff’s Air Rescue 07 was dispatched Highway 18 and Crest Forest Drive regarding an injured hiker.
The victim, Jessica Christenson, 46 years old of Long Beach, was attempting to climb on the rocks below the Cliffhanger when she fell approximately 40 feet. She suffered moderate injuries and was unable to walk out.
Fire Department personnel arrived and located Christenson before the rescue crew arrived. The personnel determined Christenson would need to be hoist rescued, due to her injuries and the remote location.
Once the helicopter was in position, Air Medic B. Horak was lowered down to Christenson. After a brief medical assessment Christenson was placed into a rescue harness and hoisted into the helicopter.
Christenson was flown to Loma Linda University Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.