Air crews rescued a woman who allegedly fell 50 feet from the Big Falls waterfall on Thursday afternoon, July 28, after she slipped from the same treacherous section that claimed the life of a man earlier in the week, reports said. authorities.
The extent of the woman’s injuries was unclear, according to Eric Sherwin, spokesman for the San Bernardino County Fire Department.
Her fall was reported at 2:21 p.m., Sherwin said.
FOREST FALLS: #SBCoFD on stage TRAUMA/FALL at BigFalls. The adult female fell from the top of the middle waterfall. @sbcountysheriff #AirRescue 306 extracting the victim via a hoist and will transport him to the local trauma center. ^eas
— San Bernardino County Fire (@SBCOUNTYFIRE) July 28, 2022
The woman was rescued after crews got to the waterfall, Sherwin said. She was airlifted to a trauma center.
She slid from the middle falls, which features a slippery section of rock colloquially called “blood rock,” Sherwin said.
On Sunday, July 24, Richard DeHaro, 43, of Riverside, fell 20 feet from the midsection and died.
In May, 33-year-old Robert Carey Jr. of Calimesa died after falling 80 feet from an upper waterfall.
On June 16, San Bernardino National Forest officials ordered the closure of an area within 150 feet of Falls Creek near the waterfall, and the area between the viewing platform at the end of Big Falls Trail and the area beyond the top of Upper Big Falls, according to the United States Forest Service.
The closures will remain in effect until June 17, 2023, and can result in a maximum fine of $5,000 per individual violator, the agency said.
San Bernardino National Forest could not be reached for comment Thursday afternoon.