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SBSD - Headquarters
Saturday February 4th, 2023 :: 04:59 p.m. PST


Sheriff's Aviation Deputies Rescue an Injured Skier in the Baldy Bowl area of Mt. Baldy

DATE/TIME: Saturday, February 4, 2023, 12:07 p.m.

INCIDENT: Technical Ice Hoist Rescue

LOCATION: Baldy Bowl, Mt. Baldy, Ca.


VICTIM(S): Travis Robinson, 40-years-old, Resident of Mt. Baldy, Ca.

SUMMARY: On Saturday, February 4, 2023, Travis Robinson and his friend hiked the Baldy Bowl, in Mt. Baldy, to go snowboarding. They hiked up to the west ridge and Robinson used his snowboard to ride down the Baldy Bowl. Robinson's friend used a pair of skis and followed behind Robinson. About half way down the bowl, Robinson felt something unusual in his right leg. He thought his bindings broke on his snowboard and when he checked them, he noticed his leg was possibly broken. Robinson was not able to go any further and his friend was able to place a call to 911. 

San Bernardino County Fire received the 911 call and requested Sheriff's Aviation to assist in locating Robinson. Sheriff's Aviation Helicopter 40-KING-6 responded and located Robinson at the 8,400' elevation in steep icy terrain. The crew of 40-KING-6 requested Sheriff's Air Rescue 306 and they responded with two technical ice rescue team members. When Air Rescue 306 arrived, the crew confirmed a hoist rescue would be necessary to get Robinson out safely. 

Air Rescue 306 hovered above Robinson and lowered a paramedic and EMT down to him. The medics used their crampons and other technical rescue gear to stabilize them. The medics worked together to place Robinson into a rescue harness and he was then hoisted up to the helicopter, followed by the medics. Robinson was flown to the San Antonio Dam where he was transferred to San Bernardino County Fire and American Medical Response personnel for further treatment. 
Air Rescue 306 Crew:
Pilot Corporal Ryan Peppler 
Crew Chief Deputy Greg Hanrahan
Technical Rescuer Sergeant Jerred Besheer 
Technical Rescuer SBCFD Engineer Mike Demoff 

40-KING-6 Crew:
Pilot Sergeant Greg Jimenez
Tactical Flight Officer Deputy Tommy Dickey            

Refer: Ryan Peppler, Corporal 

Station: Emergency Operations Division - Aviation Unit 

Phone No. (909)252-4100

Case No. 032300336

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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Non-emergencies: 909-387-3700

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