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2 dehydrated and exhausted men rescued from desert

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San Bernardino County Sheriff’s helicopter 40King1. (Photo courtesy of SBSD Headquarters)

ADELANTO, Calif. ( — The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Aviation helicopter 40 King assisted in rescuing two men after a wrong turn left them stranded in the desert.

It happened on Wednesday, May 9, 2018, in the area of Shadow Mountain Road and Highway 395. At about 3:30 pm, Fredrick Clayton, 42, of Helendale and Franklin Shearer, 53, of Hesperia were driving west on Shadow Mountain Road from Highway 395 when they made a wrong turn and their vehicle became stuck in the sand, officials said in a news release.

“Clayton began walking to try and find help. After he became exhausted and dehydrated, called 911 for assistance on his mobile phone,” stated the release.

The crew aboard 40king 7 responded to the scene and were able to communicate with Clayton via phone and pinned his location. With that description, the crew was able to locate Clayton on a dirt road, southeast of Edwards Air Force Base.

Clayton was suffering from dehydration and collapsed on the roadway once he saw the helicopter. The crew was able to off-site land and provided Clayton with first aid.  Clayton was brought onto the helicopter and was able to assist the flight crew with the location of Shearer, who was a few miles east on the same dirt road. The crew was able to off-site land and pick up Shearer.

Both victims were transported to Shadow Mountain Rd/Highway 395 and turned over to paramedics for further treatment.

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