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Hiker Rescue
updated: Feb 10, 2013, 8:15 PM

By Edhat Subscriber

At 6:57 PM a hiker was reported stuck in the mud and having an asthma attack. The location was reported as a fire road off West Camino Cielo near 154.

Engine 13 responded and asked twice for helicopter support. They were told that helicopter support was unavailable.

Shortly thereafter the battalion chief headed up, and later SAR was called.

By 7:48 PM SAR had some GPS coordinates & were still looking.

At 7:51 they found the patients and Engine 13 was on the way to meet with SAR and the patients.

At 8:05 PM the patients were being taken out and moved to the ambulance which was stationed at the gun club.

The vehicles of the hikers were stuck in the mud and were being left there for the night.

At 8:40 PM Patient was being transported by AMR to SB Cottage Hospital - all units finished and returning.

The preceding information was from scanner traffic. It is unknown how many patients with injuries there were, but there was more than one car stuck in the mud associated with them.

Comments in order of when they were received | (reverse order)

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-10 08:51 PM

Was this tonight?


 YIN YANG agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-10 08:57 PM

Information is good. Everyone knows you do it almost full time, Roger, and we appreciate it. Thanks to the other poster for the story.


 YIN YANG agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-10 09:03 PM

Sorry, it's not the same man; I got mixed up on dates of death.


 COMMENT 373013P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-10 09:33 PM

I don't understand why you think that, Roger. I see supportive and appreciative comments, with the occasinal jerk thrown in. You just gotta ignore those. Let 'em roll off your back. You da man.


 COMMENT 373014P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-10 09:37 PM

OP here - This was last night. I emailed EdHat and asked them to make the title more clear.


 COMMENT 373016P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-10 09:58 PM

YIN YANG, Thanks for your comment. Sometimes I do wonder if he gets irritated when others submit news - based on comments in the past, and a current one on another thread asking something about someone taking his job...

Roger's reports are fantastic and always appreciated. They have made this site an invaluable resource and they are one of the best sources of news in Santa Barbara!


 COMMENT 373026P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-10 11:19 PM

I don't get it. I was reading about some hikers stranded and found and transported by amr and quite frankly expected the usual gripes about rescuing hikers and got posts a plenty about Roger and how he posts the posts. What's up with that? Roger provides excellent coverage and information about many things we would never hear about if we only got our news from KEYT & the SBNP.


 COMMENT 373050 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-11 07:09 AM

Asthma attack? Lost hikers? Cars stuck in the mud?what really happened? Did the guy survive?


 COMMENT 373135 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-11 09:20 AM

No complaints about people that were apparently completely unprepared for a trip to the back country, no asthma medicine, cars that get stuck in mud, etc, etc, costing the County taxpayers a bunch of money for their rescue? At least someone should post pictures and their names so they might be a little embarrassed about their adventure and think twice about doing it again.


 COMMENT 373186 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-11 10:17 AM

Big Brother and HIPPA doesn't like release of that kind of information, folks. It's illegal.


 COMMENT 373199 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-11 10:33 AM

@ 166, What and who are you talking about?

@ 186 Incorrect. A health practitioner can not reveal private information, but a citizen or reporter relaying information observed personally or received from a trusted source of events occurring in the public is perfectly legal.


 COMMENT 373217P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-11 11:02 AM

It's actually HIPAA


 COMMENT 373218 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-11 11:02 AM

@199: Did you read the post above mine?


 COMMENT 373294 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-11 01:24 PM

Ummm..Hello! Call AAA. I did and I got the tow truck driver to winch out my freightliner! Otherwise throw everything you got, floor mats ect. under the correct tires, or push each others' car out one by one, except no pushing for the guy with the asthma.


 COMMENT 373481 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-11 07:37 PM

@294 - ummm...Hello! Considering it took numerous Search and Recuse personnel, a battalion chief and Engine 13 forty minutes to move the patients from where they were the short distance up the hill and to where the ambulance was parked at the gun club, I think you are presuming it was much easier than it was in reality.


 COMMENT 373663P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-12 10:20 AM

Troubling that the helicopter wasn't available. The helicopter also wasn't available for firefighting duties about a month ago. In that case Ventura County was contacted for a firefighting helicopter that in the end wasn't needed.

Maybe it's time (before fire season really begins) to look at which agency can best manage the County's helicopter.


 COMMENT 373904P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-13 03:30 AM

Helicopter(s) were available for service, if needed. Like 663P says, wasn't needed in the end. The current agency handling county aviation seems to have safety in mind, not concerned firefighters looking for their helicopter fix.


 COMMENT 373930P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-13 07:46 AM

If a potentially dangerous fire breaks out and the Sheriff doesn't have the firefighting helicopter available, is it even worth having the copter?

Hopefully, 904P's attitude is not the the Sheriff's attitude. Because if it is, we the taxpaying public are in a heap of trouble if the Sheriff can over ride the fire commanders on the scene.


 COMMENT 373974P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-13 10:15 AM

I believe that 904's comments are that of not sending a helicopter to every broken nail on a trail or every BBQ with a little smoke. Even if the attitude is that of the Sheriff, I seriously doubt a helicopter would be held back if absolutely needed.


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