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3 hikers rescued in 2 days from Lytle Creek and Deep Creek areas

By in Press Enterprise on July 10, 2017

By Beatriz E. Valenzuela

San Bernardino County sheriff’s officials were recently busy rescuing injured and stranded hikers including a woman who became sick after drinking river water, officials said.

A man called sheriff’s officials from a person’s home Friday evening after he became separated from his sister during a hike in the Lytle Creek area, according to a news release.

Authorities used a helicopter to search for the woman, Louisa Guillen, 29, of Bloomington, and found her along the mountainside near where the siblings had become separated, officials said.

A flight officer was lowered about 125 feet down to Guillen. She was hoisted up to the helicopter and flown to an awaiting ambulance along Lytle Creek Road. Paramedics then took her a hospital, according to the release.

Officials learned after the two became separated, “the victim became disoriented and unclothed herself while suffering from heat exhaustion and dehydration,” the statement said.

She then became ill after she drank water from a river creek bed, officials said. She is expected to recover.

The same day as Guillen’s rescue, a Hesperia woman became dehydrated while returning from a hike down to Deep Creek Hot Springs near Apple Valley, sheriff’s officials reported.

Luzelena Velasquez, 19, also was airlifted after the San Bernardino County Fire Department responded and requested an air rescue due to the remote location she was in.

Air rescue units were also called to Deep Creek Hot Springs on Thursday for a man who was having a diabetic emergency on a trail, sheriff’s officials said.

The crew spotted the hiker, Scott Erickson, 55, of Maryland and flew down to an area where a deputy was able to hike down to the man.

“The crew determined the quickest way to get Erickson out of the area would have been to conduct a hoist rescue,” according to the sheriff’s release.

Authorities hoisted Erickson up to the helicopter, […]    

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