San Gorgonio Summit, CA: Rescue of 2 hikers and their dog from San Gorgonio Summit.
According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, at approximately 10:20am PT on Sunday, December 13th, 2015, 21 year old Tiffany Finne of Costa Mesa, California and 29 year old Kenny Pasten of Garden Grove, California attempted to hike along the Vivian Creek Trail, from Forrest Falls to the summit of Mount San Gorgonio.
They were unable to make it to the summit and although they did not have the proper clothing or shelter, they decided to stay the night on the mountain.
In the early evening a weather system moved in and the area received several inches of snow.
According to the National Weather Service, the temperatures is that area dropped into the teens and twenties; between 16*F and 26*F.
At approximately 8:06am PT on Monday, December 14th, 2015, Kenny Pasten called 911 on his cellphone requesting help, but the call was dropped and the latitude/longitude captured by 911 was incorrect.
There was also intermittent cloud cover near the summit, which initially prevented San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Aviation personnel from searching for the victims.
At approximately 10:10am PT on Monday, December 14th, 2015, Air Rescue 306, with a crew of Pilot Corporal Mike Gilley, Crew Chief Sergeant Daniel Futscher, San Bernardino County Fire Department Captain Jack DeJong, and San Bernardino County Fire Department Firefighter Paramedic Eric Sherwin, responded to search for the victims.
Having limited information of the victims’ location, it took approximately 45 minutes for the crew to find them.
The crew located Pasten on a ridgeline, at the 11,100 foot level, approximately a half mile west of San Gorgonio Summit, California.
Due to the wind conditions, the high altitude and the clouds continually forming in the area, Corporal Gilley had to make two attempts to land on the ridgeline.
Once on the ground, Sergeant Futscher went to Kenny Pasten, who was suffering from moderate hypothermia and non-life threatening injuries, and helped him to AR306.
Kenny Pasten said Tiffany Finne was downhill from the aircraft so, Sgt. Futscher and Paramedic Sherwin began to search for her.
After approximately 15 minutes of searching, they located Tiffany Finne approximately 300 yards downhill from the aircraft.
Tiffany Finne was crawling on her hands and knees and was suffering from severe life-threatening hypothermia.
Tiffany Finne also had a German Shepard with her.
Futscher and Sherwin helped Tiffany Finne up the steep terrain to AR306.
After helping Tiffany Finne and her dog into AR306, the crew transported Tiffany Finne and Kenny Pasten to Loma Linda University Medical Center for treatment.
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