Woman falls 20 feet into crevasse while climbing near Apple Valley – VVNG.com

APPLE VALLEY, Calif. (VVNG.com) – A 31-year-old woman had to be rescued after falling into a crevasse while climbing with a group of friends on Friday afternoon.

At approximately 3:20 p.m. on March 27, firefighters from the Apple Valley Fire Protection District responded to the Fairview Valley area to report that a woman had fallen from 20 feet.

Lea Wiginton was in the area on horseback with some of her friends when she noticed the ongoing rescue and took this photo.

The place is a well-known rock climbing area, often referred to as Apple Valley Crags or Fairview Mountain Crags.

Battalion Commander James “Buddy” Peratt told VVNG that firefighters had to walk about 15 minutes to reach the victim.

The victim’s injuries were serious enough that Air Rescue 07, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s helicopter, was called in.

The victim was airlifted to a trauma center after his injuries were treated.

Peratt said this should serve as an important reminder to never hike alone, to have some type of communication, and to be careful of the environment, especially in areas without cell service.

In this case, Peratt said one of the hikers had to climb to a high point to call 911 on a cell phone.

“If she was alone and found herself trapped overnight, she could have suffered from hypothermia, and the place where she was would have been very difficult to find,” Peratt said.

“Never go out alone in an unfamiliar place and be careful every time you hike in nature,” he said.

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