A 17-year-old female was injured on Monday morning after falling approximately 15 feet while climbing up the side of a waterfall in Big Falls in the San Bernardino National Forest.
At around 10:35 a.m. a 911 call was received from a friend of the injured hiker indicating that the Highland teen had slipped and hit her head. Firefighters were dispatched, along with a rescue helicopter. Air Rescue 306 arrived at the scene and saw the injured victim at the bottom of the waterfall. Ground engines arrived and began treating the injured teen.
Flying through the narrow canyon, AR306 lowered the fire captain and a rescue litter [a stretcher designed to be used for air rescue], down around 125 feet to the base of the waterfall. The victim was secured in the rescue litter and hoisted into the helicopter. The injured teen was transported by air to Loma Linda Hospital where she is being treated for her injuries.
Sheriff’s officials said that there have been numerous injuries and deaths at the falls this year. Hikers should always bring proper hiking equipment, sufficient water, a hiking partner, and never climb the waterfalls. Climbing the waterfalls are very dangerous, as is hoist rescues.
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