On Wednesday, October 29, Big Bear resident Dillion Holman, 23, suffered a non-life threatening injury while hiking in the mountain area of Bear Mountain Ski Resort in Big Bear and he was airlifted to the hospital with the help of personnel from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. The helicopter flight crew included Pilot Deputy Jim Landry, Crew Chief Deputy Mike Ells, San Bernardino County Firefighters Captain Steve Simpson and paramedic Eric Sherwin. They were dispatched to the area to assist the Big Bear Fire Department in locating and helping the injured hiker.
Holman was located east of the ski resort at about the 8,200 foot level. He was in a wooded area with steep terrain and was surrounded by 80 foot high trees, making the rescue more challenging. Due to the terrain and the wooded area the crew decided that a “hoist rescue” would be required. To accomplish this maneuver a rescue hoist that was on the helicopter was used and Sherwin was lowered down about 100 feet to reach the victim. The hiker was treated and stabilized for his injuries during the short flight to the landing zone in the Bear Mountain Ski Resort parking lot. After the initial stabilization he was transported to Bear Valley Community Hospital by the Big Bear Fire Department.