Near Big Bear Lake
40-King Conducts Hoist
San Bernardino County
Sheriff Commander Center received a 9-1-1 call at 2:05 P.M., Sunday, July 12,
2020 reporting a climber had fallen approximately 100 feet’ sustaining serious
and life-threatening injuries. The rock
climber had been climbing in the area of Holcomb Pinnacle Trail Loop, near Big Bear Lake, California.
Bernardino County Sheriff 40-King-4 (helicopter) immediately responded to search
the area of the GPS coordinates received by Comm Center. Also, Air Rescue 308 Crew responded to
conduct a possible hoist rescue. The crew of 40-King-4 located the victim at
the base of a large rock and confirmed that due to his location plus the nearby
unpredictable terrain, a hoist rescue would be necessary.
Later the injured
climber was identified as 23-year-old, Ramiro Mosquera, a resident of Chicago, Illinois.
precautions were implemented due to the hot temperature and the altitude of approximately
7200’, where the victim was located, Air Rescue 308 landed and off-loaded
equipment and one personnel to lighten the aircraft.
conducted a hoist rescue of the victim. The Crew Chief inserted an Air Medic
approximately 140’ to the victim, followed by a Stokes Litter. The Air Medic
and San Bernardino County Fire Department personnel placed the victim in the
Stokes Litter, which AR308 hoisted back into the aircraft, followed by the Air
Medic. AR308 then flew the victim to Loma Linda University Medical Center for
treatment of his injuries.
The San Bernardino County Sheriff 40-King-4 Crew
Deputy Paul Kowalski, TFO Deputy Larry Scott
308 Crew were: Pilot Sergeant Daniel Futscher, Crew Chief Reserve Deputy Wayne
Hess, Air Medic Peter Peng, Air Medic Jeremy Hernandez
JOHN McMAHON, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department
655 E 3rd Street, San
Bernardino, CA 92408