Video: Team Response
Response to LOST SKIER’s
Phone Call for HELP
County - Twin Peaks Sheriff Deputies responded
to a report
of a Snow Valley Ski Resort a lost skier, Thursday,
At approximately 4:41 p.m. the Sheriff's
Dispatch received a 9-1-1 call from Dustin Wagenbach stating that he was lost and
his feet were wet. The Dispatch Officer was able to get the GPS coordinates
from Dustin's9-1-1 call and determined that his location was in the area of
Bear Valley Canyon, east of the Snow Valley Ski Resort.
Due to poor weather conditions, the San Bernardino
County Sheriff –Air Aviation Rescue was
unable to respond to the scene and assist with the search.
The San Bernardino County Sheriff Search & Rescue Team was deployed
to assist in the search. Later Thursday night, rescuers located Dustin and
escorted him through multiple canyons and cliffs to safety.
The lost skier, Wagenbach was examined
f0r injuries by San Bernardino County
Fire Paramedics at the Snow Valley Ski Resort and was found to be in good
Important note: During this
incident, Dustin Wagenbach had a charged cell phone and was able to communicate
with Sheriff Dispatchers and Deputies. He was dressed for the cold weather and
was told to stay where he was, and heeded the order. These examples are
critical to a successful rescue. Given the snow, heavy fog, extreme cold
temperatures and uncertain terrain, the incident would have been life
threatening to someone who was not prepared.