A man and woman from Riverside County fell 20 feet down a waterfall in the San Bernardino Mountains, resulting in the man’s death and the woman’s rescue by aviation crews, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said Sunday, July 24.
Around 3:20 p.m., the San Bernardino County Fire Department asked for help from the Sheriff’s Department with two people who had suffered a fall in Big Falls, a waterfall just east of the Forest Falls community, the Sheriff’s Department said. The pair had fallen from the middle falls to the lower falls, authorities said.
When crews arrived, the woman, who was identified as a 43-year-old Riverside resident, was performing CPR on the man, who was identified as a 43-year-old from Hemet, according to officials.
Fire personnel arrived and pronounced the man dead, the Sheriff’s Department said. The woman was hoisted up to the Sheriff’s Department’s helicopter and taken to Loma Linda University Medical Center for her injuries in the fall, authorities said.
The man’s body was hoisted out of the falls and flown to the San Bernardino County Coroner’s Office, sheriff’s officials said.
Further identifying information for the victims was not immediately available.
This is at least the second hiking fatal fall in the Forest Falls area in 2022. On May 2, after being believed to have fallen about 80 feet, 33-year-old Robert Carey Jr. of Calimesa was found unresponsive at the base of the Big Falls waterfall and was pronounced dead.