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Sunday December 18th, 2022 :: 06:22 a.m. PST


Two Hikers and Their Dogs Rescued After Becoming Stuck in Icy Terrain on Mt. Baldy

DATE/TIME: Saturday, December 17, 2022, 11:01 a.m.

INCIDENT: Technical Ice Hoist Rescue

LOCATION: Mt. Baldy Ridge, Mt. Baldy

VICTIM(S): Janelle Rasich, 34-years-old, Upland
Joseph Rasich, 35-years-old, Upland                   

SUMMARY: On Saturday, December 17, 2022, Janelle Rasich, Joseph Rasich and their two dogs, went hiking in the Mt. Baldy area. During their hike, they became stuck in steep icy terrain. They attempted to hike and get back on a trail and slid approximately 20 feet. They were able to stop their slide and remained in place. They called 911 on their cellular phone and requested help. There were no injuries reported by either hiker.    

Sheriff's Helicopter, 40-KING-1, was dispatched to the area of the GPS coordinates given by Joseph Rasich. The crew arrived in the area, located both hikers and confirmed a hoist rescue would ne necessary. Due to the steep icy terrain, the crew requested assistance from Sheriff's Helicopter, Air Rescue 306. Air Rescue 306 responded with two technical ice rescue team members and hoisted both rescuers down to the hikers. Due to the terrain, the rescuers had to be hoisted below the hikers, then a rope rescue system was put in place to reach the hikers. The rescuers used the rope system to safely lower the hikers to a clear area where they could be hoisted from. 

Both hikers and their dogs were placed into rescue harnesses. The crew hoisted one hiker and one dog at a time and transported them to a Fontana Deputy at the San Antonio Dam.        

Air Rescue 306 Crew:
Pilot Corporal Ryan Peppler 
Crew Chief Deputy Greg Hanrahan
Technical Rescuer Corporal Eric Rose 
Technical Rescuer Ean Sanchez 

40-KING-1 Crew:
Sergeant Ed Leon
Tactical Flight Officer Deputy Jon Holt            

Refer: Ryan Peppler, Corporal 

Station: Emergency Operations Division - Aviation Unit 

Phone No. (909)252-4100

Case No. 032203475

SHANNON D. DICUS, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

SBSD - Headquarters
655 E 3rd St
San Bernardino, CA 92408

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