Injured hiker, 17, rescued after fall at Big Falls waterfall in San Bernardino Mountains – San Bernardino Sun

Crews rescued a 17-year-old hiker Monday, Aug. 29, in Forest Falls after she fell 15 feet and sustained a head injury at the same waterfall that has already caused several injuries and claimed at least two lives this year, sheriff’s officials said.

Around 10:35 a.m., the San Bernardino County Fire Department was alerted that the girl climbed up the side of the Big Falls waterfall in the San Bernardino Mountains and fell, hitting her head in the process, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said in a news release.

An air rescue crew with the Sheriff’s Department located the girl at the bottom of the waterfall, officials said. Responding firefighters arrived and began to treat the victim as air crews readied a hoist recue, authorities said.

The victim, who was identified as a Highland resident, was hoisted 125 feet into the helicopter and was taken to Loma Linda Hospital to treat her injuries, the Sheriff’s Department said. Her condition was not immediately clear.

The girl was not the first person to be injured at Big Falls this year, the Sheriff’s Department pointed out in its release.

At least two lives have been claimed by falls at the same location in 2022, starting on May 2 with the death of 33-year-old Robert Carey Jr. of Calimesa and the July 24 death of Richard DeHaro, 43, of Riverside. DeHaro’s wife Annalea DeHaro also fell during the July accident and was hospitalized.

Not long after, a Calimesa woman fell 50 feet on July 28 and was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

While it wasn’t immediately clear which section of the falls the 17-year-old fell from, most of the other falls this year have come from the infamous middle section of the falls, dubbed “blood rock,” which has been described as being “slick as glass.”

Since June, San Bernardino National Forest officials have placed a closure on the area within 150 feet of Falls Creek near the waterfall, and the area between the viewing platform at the end of Big Falls Trail and the area past the top of Upper Big Falls. The closure will remain in place until June 2023.

The Sheriff’s Department urged visitors to not climb the waterfall.

“The Sheriff’s Department is concerned for everyone’s safety and would like to remind potential hikers to Big Falls not to climb the waterfall,” the Sheriff’s Department said in its news release. “Climbing the waterfall is extremely dangerous and being hoist rescued by helicopter is hazardous in and of itself.”

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