Injured Hiker Rescued at Castle Rock in Big Bear

By Susan A. Neufeld


Big Bear, CA – On Monday August 28, 2017 Anna Fay Hannah, 60 years old from Texas, was hiking at Castle Rock.While hiking, she fell and sustained a non-life threatening injury. She was unable to hike out of the area and called 911 for help. Big Bear fire personnel arrived at the scene and began hiking to her. Fire personnel were assisted by Sheriff’s Patrol helicopter 40K5. The crew of 40K5, Deputies Paul Kowalski and Derrick Alatorre, located the injured hiker and guided medical personnel to her. Medical personnel assessed Ms. Hannah and decided a hoist rescue would be appropriate, due to the victim’s injuries, steep terrain and distance to a roadway.

Air Rescue 307 responded to the scene. The air crew coordinated with ground crews for the rescue. Eric Sherwin was hoisted down about 100′ to Ms. Hannah, who was surrounded by large boulders. Ms. Hannah was placed in a rescue harness and then hoisted to the helicopter.

Ms. Hannah was transported to Big Bear Airport, where she was then transported by ground to Bear Valley Community Hospital for treatment.