SAN BERNARDINO>> On Thursday, May 4, 2017 the victim , here named Angel, was hiking the Pacific Crest Trail near the Devil’s Hole area of Deep Creek. Angel was on a backpacking trip following the Pacific Crest Trail to Canada when she became sick and started vomiting.
She was no longer able to continue and called for medical assistance. Sheriff’s Aviation was requested to help County Fire locate Angel. Sheriff’s patrol helicopter, 40K2 with Deputies Kowalski and Korkotsakis responded to search for Angel’s exact location. Devil’s Hole is in a remote location 2-3 miles from Lake Arrowhead, near the Deep Creek area with steep and rocky terrain.
40K2 arrived on scene and located Angel where the trail meets Devil’s Hole on the creek and the Sheriff’s Rescue Helicopter 40K4 was requested due to the location and the terrain.
40K4, with Sheriffs Corporals Anderson and Ells and County Firefighters Captain Spies and Paramedic Deshon, arrived on scene. Using the rescue hoist, rescuers inserted a rescue medic 100 feet down to Angel’s location.
The medic made contact with Angel and determined she was unable to hike out of the area due to her medical condition. Angel was placed in a rescue harness, hoisted to the helicopter and transported to Mountains Community Hospital for further medical treatment.
For more infomration, contact the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Aviation station at 909-252-4100.