Multiple People Rescued

From Santa Ana Riverbed



Thursday, February 14, 2019____        

There was a large amount of rain in the city of San Bernardino and nearby foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains, from the afternoon of Wednesday, February 13th, continuing through Thursday February 14th

Early Thursday the Colton Fire Department, San Bernardino County Fire Department, Redlands and Cal-Fire Riverside received several reports of numerous people who were stranded on islands in the Santa Ana Riverbed, because of the fast moving, rising water. 


San Bernardino County Sheriff 40-King 1 and Air Rescue 306 (helicopters) were requested to assist with the swift water rescues.

40-King 1 conducted the rescue of eleven people, at three separate locations by hovering near their position and assisting them into the helicopter. The Rescue Teams transported all the victims to waiting medical aid.

Air Rescue 306 (seen in video) rescued one person by hovering near him, assisting him into the helicopter and transporting him to waiting medical aid. 

Air Rescue 306 then conducted the hoist rescue of three people who were also stranded, by hoisting down a Medic from the San Bernardino County Fire Crews to the victims. The victims were all safely hoisted up to the helicopters and transported to medical aid.


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40King-1 Crew:

​​​ Sergeant Daniel Futscher

Tactical Flight Officer:
Deputy Lauren Abernathy

Dive Team Member:
Deputy Guy Foxwell



Pilot: Lieutenant Al Daniel

Crew Chief: Deputy Brad Heard

SBCFD Medic: Captain Jay Hausman

SBCFD Medic: Captain Scott Michaels

Crew: Deputy Dave Negron


JOHN McMAHON, Sheriff-Coroner

San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department