At Lytle Creek 

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Search & Rescue, Air 306

& 40-King-6 Crews

Team Together to Hoist Hikers


Tuesday 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 injuries. 

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 treatment.   


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.  


Emergency Operations Division- Aviation Unit             

(909) 252-4100

JOHN McMAHON, Sheriff-Coroner

San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department


SBSD - Headquarters

655 E 3rd Street

San Bernardino, CA 92408