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19-Year-Old Suffers Life Threatening Injuries After Fall



Air Rescue

DEEP CREEK:( A Lancaster resident was rescued to safety after falling and suffering life-threatening injuries.

On Tuesday, June 28th at 12:30 a.m. Wyatt Zink, 19, was with friends at Aztec Falls in the Deep Creek area. For unknown reasons, Zink fell approximately 75′ down a steep, rocky slope.

Due to the remote location and terrain involved, San Bernardino County Fire personnel requested Sheriff’s helicopter 40King5 to conduct a Night Vision Goggle hoist rescue of Zink.

Pilot Deputy Jim Landry, Hoist Operator Deputy Edward Leon, and Air Medic Matt Perkins responded to the location.

As Landry held the helicopter in a hover over the scene, Leon lowered Perkins down approximately 110′ to the victim. After assessing his injuries, Perkins packaged Zink in a Bauman Bag and Leon hoisted Zink 110′ to the helicopter. Zink was flown to Mountain Community Hospital for treatment.

40King5 then returned to Aztec Falls and hoisted Air Medic Matt Perkins back into the aircraft.


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