Helicopter Rescue in Deep Creek Hot Springs Trail

On Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, Long Beach resident Raeny Ramsey and her friends went on a hike to the Deep Creek Hot Springs. They parked their vehicle on Highway 173 in the Lake Arrowhead area. During the hike, Ramsey lost her footing and suffered a leg injury. Due to the injury, Ramsey was unable to hike back to her vehicle. A passing hiker contacted Ramsey and called 911 to get her help.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Aviation Unit was contacted for a search and rescue. The crew of 40 King 3 responded to the Deep Creek area and conducted an extensive search. The flight crew located Ramsey and her group of friends on a narrow trail on an otherwise steep mountain-side. Ground units were unable to access the area by vehicle. The flight crew determined a hoist rescue was needed to expedite Ramsey to a medical provider.

The rescue operation was conducted during nighttime hours and required the crew to utilize night vision equipment. A volunteer flight medic was lowered down from the helicopter to Ramsey. The medic assessed Ramsey and secured her into a rescue harness. Ramsey was hoisted into the helicopter and then transported to Mountains Community Hospital for medical treatment.