APPLE VALLEY, Calif. (PRESS RELEASE) A 51-year-old Hesperia man was rescued by the Sheriff’s Aviation helicopter after experiencing medical issues while hiking at Deep Creek.
“Avery McLemore was hiking on the trail from Deep Creek Hot Springs to the parking lot at Bowen Ranch and was about two miles from Bowen Ranch when he started having medical problems,” authorities said.
He was unable to continue hiking and a call was made to 911 dispatch for assistance.
Units from San Bernardino County Fire, Sheriff’s Victor Valley station, American Medical Response (AMR), and Sheriff’s Aviation responded to search for and assist McLemore.
Sheriff’s patrol helicopter 40King5 located McLemore on a steep section of the trail. The crew was unable to land near his location due to the terrain.
Air Rescue 307 was requested for a hoist rescue due to the distance ground crews would have to hike to reach McLemore and the steep terrain.
Air Rescue 307 arrived on scene and hoisted a rescue medic 45 feet down to McLemore’s location. McLemore was suffering from heat and respiratory problems and was unable to hike out on his own.
Mclemore was placed into a rescue harness and hoisted into the helicopter. He was transported to the parking lot at Bowen Ranch and released to County Fire and an AMR ambulance for treatment. He was later transported to a local hospital.