At Lytle Creek
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Search & Rescue, Air 306
& 40-King-6 Crews
Team Together to Hoist Hikers
evening, July 30, 2019, three friends went hiking in the South Fork area of
Lytle Creek. The group got a late start and began their hike after 6:00
P.M. The three attempted to hike to a nearby waterfall, but as the sun set,
they became disoriented and hiked off-trail. They continued to hike in
darkness, going deeper into the forested area of the mountains. At some point
during the night, one of the females in the group thought an animal bit her.
She was unable to see anything, and she did not know the extent of her
The three yelled for help throughout the night as they walked
through thick brush and steep terrain. They did not have any supplies with them
and did not anticipate spending the night in the forest.
At 1:29 A.M., a nearby camper heard their screams for
help and called 9-1-1. One of the three hikers, identified as Brian Morris, was able to hike out
and get help. San Bernardino County
Sheriff Search and Rescue Team responded, with the assistance of the
Sheriff Aviation to conduct a hoist rescue.
The 40-King-6 crew responded and conducted
an extensive search in the area. They located two females on a steep
mountain-side, with the third female hanging on to a tree.
The crew of Air Rescue 306 responded and hoisted
the victims out of the mountains, with hoist lengths of 170’. The females were
identified as Lexie Contreras and Evelyn Martinez. Contreras and Martinez were
transported to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center for evaluation and
The San Bernardino County Sheriff reminds the public about the dangers of hiking in the local
mountains. Without proper experience and preparation, this type of activity can
lead to serious injury or death.
Operations Division- Aviation Unit
JOHN McMAHON, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department
SBSD - Headquarters
655 E 3rd Street
San Bernardino, CA 92408