Firefighters Rescue Stranded Hiker in California

A rescue helicopter was used to pluck a man from a rocky ledge in San Bernadino County on Aug. 2. While hiking with friends in the rugged hillside above the Mojave River near Highway 18 18 along the Apple Valley/Victorville border, a young adult...


A rescue helicopter was used to pluck a man from a rocky ledge in San Bernadino County on Aug. 2.

While hiking with friends in the rugged hillside above the Mojave River near Highway 18 18 along the Apple Valley/Victorville border, a young adult became stranded on a 6-inch ledge. The subject was standing with his back against the rocks on the ledge approximately 600 feet from the top of the hillside and 200 feet from the river bottom. Friends were able to climb to safety and call for help.

A San Bernardino County Sheriff's Helicopter quickly located the victim on the hillside and was able to provide fire-rescue units the exact location of the stranded hiker. They shared pertinent information regarding the terrain for ground crews as well.

The victim was believed to have been on the ledge for several hours and was becoming fatigued, increasing his chance of falling.

Knowing time was of the essence, rescue personnel from San Bernardino County Fire and Sheriff Deptartments, along with Apple Valley Fire Deptartment determined the safest and quickest way to effect the rescue was by aircraft.

Los Angeles County Fire Air Rescue 11 was called to the scene and within 20 minutes of arrival, was able to hoist the trapped victim from the rocks to safety.

The non-injured hiker was then flown to Victor Valley Hospital where he was reunited with friends. 

This mountainous area above the Mojave River is unsafe for climbing due to unstable terrain. San Bernardino County Fire reminds adventurous climbers to seek proper training and equipment before hiking rocky terrain.