Category: San Bernardino National Forest

Personal Emergency Transmitter Leads to Rescue of Hiker

Mt. Baldy, CA – On Sunday, September 3rd, San Bernardino County Dispatch received notification from the International Emergency Response Coordination Center about a subject that was in distress in the San Bernardino Mountains near Mt. Baldy. The I.E.R.C.C. monitor personal emergency transmitters often carried by hikers, which allow them to send distress signals that can include their location in degrees of latitude and longitude. Some devices are also capable of transmitting text messages. Using a Garmin inReach, 48 year old Marina Del Rey resident Michael Patchen sent a distress signal with a text stating that he was sliding down the side of the mountain and needed help. The sheriff’s desert patrol helicopter, 40King6, quickly responded to the area and located Patchen at the coordinates received via the inReach device. He was located at around the 8,500 foot level in very steep inaccessible terrain. Due to his location, the crew requested the Sheriff’s rescue helicopter to perform a hoist rescue. Air Rescue 306 responded to the scene and lowered an Air Medic approximately 100 feet down to Patchen. Patchen was placed into a rescue harness, hoisted up to the helicopter and flown to waiting ground units. Patchen sustained only superficial...

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Hoist Rescue Required for Hiker at Castle Rock

Big Bear Lake, CA – On Monday, August 28, 60 year old Anna Fay Hannah, a visitor from Texas, was hiking in the Big Bear area at Castle Rock. While hiking, she fell and sustained a non-life threatening injury. She was unable to hike out of the area and called 911 for help. Big Bear Fire personnel arrived at the scene and began hiking to her. Fire personnel were assisted by a Sheriff’s patrol helicopter. The crew of the helicopter located the injured hiker and guided medical personnel to her. Medical personnel assessed the victim and decided a hoist rescue...

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2 Arrested For Robbery and Assault with a Deadly Weapon

Big Bear, CA – On Tuesday, August 22, at 7:05 pm, deputies from the Big Bear Sheriff’s Station were called to Big Bear Yellow Post Campsite 28 in reference to an assault that took place at that location. When deputies arrived, the victim, Christopher Huebner, reported he had befriended three subjects while camping in the forested area. During the day the subjects had asked Huebner to take them into Big Bear to run errands and Huebner agreed. While driving back to their campsite from running errands, one of the subjects used a weapon to strangle Huebner while one of the other subjects repeatedly punched Huebner in the face. The third subject Huebner had given a ride to had been dropped off prior to the assault. During the assault, the two suspects stole Huebner’s wallet and then fled the scene on foot. Huebner sustained injuries to his face and neck as a result of the unprovoked attack. Through investigation, deputies were able to locate the suspects at Yellow Post Campsite 25, where they were taken into custody without incident. The suspects were identified as Jerry Walker and Ariq Carrigan. Suspects Walker and Carrigan were booked into the Big Bear Jail on felony charges of robbery and assault with a deadly weapon. Walker and Carrigan remain in custody at West Valley Detention Center in lieu of $100,000 bail each. Arraignment hearings in...

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1st Annual “Conquer the Wall” Running Event at Snow Summit

Big Bear, CA – The first annual ‘Ryan Hall’s Conquer the Wall’ endurance running event will be held at Snow Summit on July 30th at 9:00 a.m. hosted by the Big Bear High School Cross Country team. Participants of all ages are invited to test their endurance on the famous “Wall” climb that former Olympian runner Ryan Hall used to train on while growing up in Big Bear. The current high school cross country team in Big Bear still utilizes this course every summer for their training, hoping to reach the heights that Ryan Hall established. Three State Champions later….it...

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Small fire seen from Lake Erwin – Fire Crews on Scene

Monday evening around 6:30 a vegetation fire was reported in the Sugarloaf area which was unrelated to an earlier structure fire in the town of Sugarloaf.   Big Bear Fire Department with Cal-Fire and Forest Service Fire responded.    The fire is being described as small but smoke may still be visible from the Erwin Lake area.  Air tankers and water dropping helicopters have been working with ground crews with good success.   Although we don’t have a size to report we were told that the local firefighters with Big Bear Fire were released and that with the cooler evening temperatures that...

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