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Night hoist used to rescue three hikers in two San Bernardino County incidents

By in Press Enterprise on October 13, 2017

By Stephen Ramirez

Three hikers were rescued this week by an air rescue unit in two separate incidents — one of which required night vision goggles in the wee hours of the morning.

Just after 12:30 a.m. Thursday, Gregory Ocampo, 23 of Lake Havasu, and Sergio Medrano, 24, of Rialto, were hiking near the San Antonio Dam north of Upland when they got trapped on a cliff, a department’s news release said. The rescue unit arrived about 2:30 and used night goggles to find the duo on a rocky hillside.

The unit used a night vision hoist to bring them to safety. They were flown to the San Antonio Dam and released without injury, the release said.

Earlier, at 8:12 p.m. Wednesday, a unit rescued a 17-year-old male from Apple Valley who had slid off a large rock onto a cliff and was trapped near Castle Rock in Big Bear, the release said. The hiker was located using the GPS of a friend’s cellphone.

Crew members used the night hoist and rescue harness to bring the hiker to safety, the release said. He was flown to Big Bear Airport, treated by San Bernardino County Fire Department personnel and released, the release said.

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