Indian Wells, CA: San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Aviation hoists a rattlesnake bit victim from rocky terrain.
According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, at around 1:00pm PT on Sunday, May 10th, 2015, 17 years old Mackenzie Cosgrove of Palm Desert, California was hiking with family on the Eisenhower Loop Trail in the mountains south of Indian Wells, California.
They were in rocky terrain when Mackenzie Cosgrove stepped next to several large rocks and was bit by a rattlesnake.
Mackenzie Cosgrove had no time to react before being bitten on the leg.
Family immediately called 911 and requested assistance.
Due to the remote location and rugged terrain, responding medical personnel requested a helicopter respond to assist.
After arriving, medical personnel determined Mackenzie Cosgrove would need to be hoisted from the location and transported to a trauma center as soon as possible.
San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Air Rescue 6 was the only asset in the Southern California region able to perform the hoist rescue in Riverside County, California.
The crew could also perform advanced life support measures with a Flight Nurse and an Advanced Emergency Medical Technician.
After being requested, the crew responded and performed a hoist rescue of Mackenzie Cosgrove.
The crew had already spoken with Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs, California and confirmed they could treat a snake bite victim.
After the hoist rescue, the crew transported Mackenzie Cosgrove to Desert Regional Medical Center for treatment.