On Saturday, May 16, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Aviation conducted two hoist rescues ⎯ one in Deep Creek Hot Springs and the other in Mount Baldy ⎯ with two injured hikers safely transported to area hospitals.
According to a sheriff’s department press release, at approximately 6:01 p.m., Fontana Station requested Sheriff's Aviation for a search and rescue in Mount Baldy. Dispatchers received a call of Fabian Villanueva, 26-year-old male hiker who was dehydrated and had suffered a leg injury after a fall. San Bernardino County Sheriff's 40King3 responded to the reported GPS coordinates provided by dispatch. The crew consisted of Pilot Deputy Doug Brimmer, Flight Officer Deputy Dave Negron and Air Medic Jeremy Hernandez.
The crew located Villanueva on a trail at the 9,000-foot level, within steep mountainous terrain. Due to his injury, Villanueva was unable to hike out or even stand. Based on the remote location and nature of injury, the crew determined a hoist rescue was needed. The crew landed nearby and configured for a hoist rescue.
Negron lowered Hernandez down to Villanueva and placed him into a rescue harness. Villanueva was safely hoisted into the helicopter, flown to the San Antonio Dam, and transported to Pomona Valley Hospital by AMR for evaluation and treatment.
Later that some evening, at 8:40, Victor Valley Station requested Sheriff's Aviation for a search and rescue in Deep Creek. Dispatchers received a call from Jaccisenojo Tucker, 42-year-old female hiker from Texas who was suffering from an ankle injury.
San Bernardino County Sheriff's 40King1 responded to the area. The crew consisted of Pilot Cpl. Ed Leon and Flight Officer Deputy Jake Hernandez.
The crew located Tucker on a steep ridge at the 4,000 foot level above the hot springs via GPS coordinates provided by dispatch. Tucker suffered moderate injuries to her lower leg and she was unable to continue hiking or even stand. Due to the circumstances, it was determined that a hoist rescue was needed.
Sheriff's Aviation combined helicopter crews with Pilot Deputy Doug Brimmer and Flight Officer Deputy Dave Negron for the rescue. Negron lowered Hernandez down to Tucker and placed her into a rescue harness. Tucker was hoisted into the helicopter, flown to Bowen Ranch and transported by AMR to St. Mary's Hospital for evaluation and treatment.