APPLE VALLEY – A 16-year-old Fontana girl went hiking with some of her friends in the Bowen Ranch area of Apple Valley on Saturday evening. After hiking for a while in steep terrain she became exhausted and was dehydrated. Unable to walk any further, her friends called 911.
San Bernardino County Fire Department personnel attempted to make their way down to the girl who was approximately one mile down steep terrain. Fire personnel confirmed that the victim was not able to hike out and would require a hoist rescue. Air Rescue 07 was requested to the scene to assist.
The crew arrived on scene and located the victim in the steep canyon. The flight nurse was lowered approximately 65 feet down to the victim. The victim was secured into a rescue harness and hoisted into the helicopter, with the flight nurse following. The crew determined that the victim was not suffering from any life-threatening injuries and flew her to an awaiting ambulance.
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