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DATE/TIME: January 21, 2019 / 2:30 p.m.

INCIDENT: Hoist Rescue of Two Hikers

LOCATION: San Gorgonio Mountain at the 7,800′ level

VICTIMS: David Raymond Westberg and Jennifer Faith Graham, of San Diego

SUMMARY: On Monday, January 21st, at approximately 2:30 pm, the victims, David Westberg and Jennifer Graham were hiking at the 7,800′ level when Westberg slipped off an icy trail and slid approximately 150′ down a steep slope. He came to rest against a tree, which prevented him from sliding further. Injured in the fall and unable to climb upslope, Westberg called 911 for help.

Sheriff’s Helicopters 40King4 and Air Rescue 307 responded to the area and located Westberg and Graham. Due to the steep, rugged and icy terrain, crews determined a hoist rescue would need to be conducted. 40King4 lowered a San Bernardino County Fire Fighter/Paramedic down to Westberg, who accessed Westberg’s injuries and prepared him for the hoist rescue. 40King4 then hoisted Westberg and transported him to awaiting EMS personnel.

Air Rescue 307 lowered a firefighter/paramedic down to Graham, who accessed Graham’s injuries and prepared her for the hoist rescue. 40King4 then hoisted Graham and transported her to awaiting EMS personnel. Due to nightfall, the crew of 40King4 had to conduct the last hoist evolution of the mission utilizing night vision goggles.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department would like to remind the public about the dangers of hiking in hazardous conditions such as steep, rugged, mountainous terrain covered with snow and ice. Without the proper training and equipment, this type of activity can lead to serious injury or death.

Refer: Deputy J. Roberg

Station: Aviation

Phone No. (909) 252-4100

Case No. YUC 1900046

JOHN McMAHON, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department