Sheriff’s Aviation Conducts Rescue to Save Injured Hiker

By Susan A. Neufeld

Big Bear, CA – On Saturday, October 28, Cody Kammerlan, 33 years old of San Marcos went rock climbing with friends in the Powder Keg Rock Climbing area. While climbing a large boulder, Kammerlan fell about 20′ and sustained serious injuries. Friends called 911 for help.

About 3:00 p.m., 40 King 3 and Air Rescue 06 responded to the area. Upon locating Kammerlan, who was being assisted by San Bernardino County Fire personnel, it was determined Kammerlan would have to be hoisted into Air Rescue 06, due to the steep rugged terrain that made him inaccessible by emergency vehicles.

At about 3:25 p.m., Air Rescue 06 conducted the hoist rescue of Kammerlan, he was then transported to local area trauma enter where he was treated for serious injuries.