BIG BEAR – An Apple Valley teen was hoist rescued in the area of Castle Rock in Big Bear Lake after slipping off of a rock and onto a cliff on Wednesday night.
At around 8:12 p.m. a friend of the 17-year-old hiker called 911 to report the incident stating that his friend was stuck on the cliff and unable to get to safety. The Sheriff’s helicopter, 40King1, responded to the area and located the hiker using the GPS coordinates picked up from his friend’s cell phone.
A night vision hoist rescue was required to get the hiker off of the steep cliff to safety. An external hoist was used to lower a member of the crew down to the waiting victim. The victim was placed into a rescue harness and then was hoisted into the helicopter. He was flown to the Big Bear Airport where he was treated by emergency medical personnel and released to his guardian.
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