Battles High Winds During Rescue
Tuesday, March 19,
2019, the crew of San Bernardino County
Sheriff -40King3 was dispatched to the area of Mt. Baldy to assist San Bernardino County Fire Crew, with the report of a cross-country
snow skier who fell and was rendered unconscious. Initially, while trying
to locate the skier, the crew of 40King 3
experienced high winds and low clouds in the area.
locate the injured skier, the Crew made a final attempt to access the area,
this time approaching from the south side of Mt. Baldy. During a break in
the weather, the Crew located the skier and called for assistance from Air Rescue 306 (AR306) to perform a
hoist rescue of the victim.
Air Rescue 306 responded to the area and was guided
to the location of the victim by Air
Once on-scene, San Bernardino
County Firefighter Sherwin was lowered to the victim to assess her
injuries. Once stabilized, the victim was placed into a rescue harness,
hoisted into, and transported
to an awaiting ambulance.
performing the hoist, the crew of AR306 battled darkness, extremely high winds
and the threat of incoming cloud coverage. The hoist was performed while
using Night Vision Goggles.