Sheriff’s Helicopter Crew Performs Aztec Falls Hoist Rescue

Sheriff’s Helicopter Crew Performs Aztec Falls Hoist Rescue

A 19-year-old Lancaster man hiking in the Aztec Falls area of Deep Creek sustained life-threatening injuries on Tuesday when he fell over 75’, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Officials said. The man now identified as Wyatt Zink was hiking in the area at 12:40 a.m. with friends when the fall down the steep and rocky slope occurred.

The San Bernardino County Fire Department arrived but due to the remote location and terrain they requested assistance from the Sheriff’s Helicopter. In order to do so, they were required to use night vision goggles during the rescue to provide the illumination required to safely rescue the young man.

The 40-King5 Sheriff’s helicopter crew included a Pilot, the Hoist Rescue, and the Air Medic. The pilot hovered the helicopter over the area as the Air Medic was lowered down about 110’ down to the severely injured man. Once the injuries were assessed the Air Medic put zink into a Bauman Bag and Zink was flown to Mountain Community Hospital for treatment.

Once Zink was handed over to the hospital staff the Helicopter returned to hoist the Air Medic back into the helicopter.


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