San Bernardino County Sheriff
June 22, 2019 Christina Mallon, went hiking with friends and family in
the remote area known as The Pinnacles, located just northwest of Lake
Arrowhead. The group decided to hike off-trail through the large boulders which
cover the area. At one point, Mallon was on top of a large boulder and
attempted to jump across to another boulder. She slipped and fell approximately
10 feet down a narrow space between the two boulders. Her companions were
unable to free her, when she became wedged between the large rocks. A 9-1-1 call was placed to the San Bernardino
County Fire and San Bernardino County Sheriff, in turn rushed to the scene.
The San Bernardino County Sheriff patrol
helicopter 40-King AR307 arrived at the location simultaneously with
firefighters and began the search for Mallon. 40-King AR307 quickly located
Mallon's party but could not see Mallon due to her position between the
boulders. A second San Bernardino County air-rescue helicopter, 40-King AR306 was
called to the scene, because the rugged terrain prevented ground rescuers from
quickly accessing the area. The back-up aircraft arrived on scene and hoisted
two Air Medics down to hiker Mallon's location. The air medics climbed down to
her and discovered she was not seriously injured but stuck and unable to move.
The Air Medics tried to free her to no avail so three of County Fire’s
technical rescuers were picked up by 40-King AR306 and hoisted down to the
location to assist. The combined San Bernardino County Fire and San Bernardino
County Sheriff Teams were able to free her and secure her onto a rescue litter.
She was then hoisted up to 40-King AR306 and transported to the hospital for
non-life threatening injuries.