Near Big Bear Lake

40-King Conducts Hoist Rescue




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. 

San 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.  

Extreme 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.
AR308 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 were:
Pilot Deputy Paul Kowalski, TFO Deputy Larry Scott
Air Rescue 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

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 909-387-3700