A Running Springs woman was hoisted to safety Thursday night by a sheriff’s helicopter after she fell 30 feet in steep, rocky terrain.
Amanda Ray, 31, was hiking along a dam near a small lake when she fell and was unable to walk. San Bernardino County Sheriff's Helicopter 40-KING-5 responded a call from the Running Springs Fire Department for a hoist rescue, said a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department press release.
The crew agreed that a hoist was needed to safely get Ray out of the area.
The crew picked up a tactical flight officer deputy to assist in the hoist rescue. The crew returned to the scene and hoisted the deputy along with a rescue litter to the victim. Once on the ground with the victim, the deputy was assisted by the paramedics in securing Ray into the rescue litter.
Ray was hoisted to the helicopter and flown to the parking lot of Snow Valley Ski Resort, transferred to Mercy Air and flown to a local hospital. The crew returned and hoisted the deputy back to the helicopter. Due to the time of night and mountainous terrain the crew used night vision goggles to perform the hoist.