By Susan A. Neufeld
Big Bear Lake, CA – On Wednesday, October 11, at approximately 8:12 p.m., a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s helicopter (40King1) responded to the Castle Rock area regarding a hiker who slid off a large rock and onto a cliff. The hiker, a 17 year old male from Apple Valley, was stuck on the cliff and was unable to get to safety. The crew of 40King1 located the hiker, using GPS coordinates through a friend’s cell phone.
The crew determined that a night vision hoist rescue was needed to get the hiker off the steep cliff. Once on the ground, the victim was put into a rescue harness and he was hoisted up to the helicopter. The victim was flown to Big Bear Airport, treated by San Bernardino County Fire personnel for complaints of pain and released to his guardian.
Hikers are encouraged to always be prepared when hiking in the mountains, higher altitudes or the high high desert. No matter the weather, anticipate the unexpected and pack the appropriate clothes for snow, cold and rain.