ADELANTO – Two Helendale men made a wrong turn near Shadow Mountain and Highway 395 and became stranded in the blazing high desert heat on Wednesday afternoon.
On May 9, 2018, at around 3:30 p.m. Fredrick Clayton, 42, and Franklin Shearer, 53, were driving west on Shadow Mountain Road from Highway 395. They made a wrong turn, causing their vehicle to become stuck in the sand. Clayton walked from the area attempting to locate assistance but became exhausted and dehydrated. He called 911 for assistance from his cell phone.
The Sheriff’s patrol helicopter, 40king7, were dispatched to the area to locate and assist the stranded subjects. “The crew was able to talk to Clayton on the phone, and he described his location,” San Bernardino County Sheriff’s officials said. “With that description, the crew was able to locate Clayton on a dirt road, southeast of Edwards Air Force Base.” He was suffering from dehydration and collapsed as soon as the helicopter arrived overhead.
The helicopter landed and provided Clayton with assistance. Clayton was put on the helicopter and assisted the crew with locating Shearer, a few miles east on the same dirt road. The crew landed and picked up Shearer. The two subjects were transported to Shadow Mountain Road and Highway 395 where paramedics waited to provide additional treatment.
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