On Sunday morning, June 24, 2018 at 11:23 AM, Mono County Search and
Rescue team was called to aide in the rescue of a 25-year old female who
had sustained a possible broken ankle at Crystal Lake in the Mammoth Lakes
basin (approx. 9600 elevation).
She and a friend had almost summited the Crag when a boulder dislodged
and stuck her ankle. With the help of her friend and fellow climbers they were
able to lower her off the Crag to the base, while the SAR team assembled
and set the staging area located at Lake George.
The team began the hike to the Crystal Crag with equipment to safely extract
her from the backcountry. She was successfully transported by wheeled
litter down to the staging area, where her friend then transported her to
Mammoth Hospital for treatment.
The SAR team volunteered 57-man hours for this rescue.
On June 19th, 2018 at approximately 1100 hours, Mono County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a 70-year-old female that suffered a possible dislocated hip while hiking with her husband and canine companion in Sky Meadows area near Emerald Lake
(approx. 10,040’ elevation).
Mono County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue was
called out and 10 SAR team members began the hike to the victim from the
Coldwater Campground trailhead. A Search and Rescue Helicopter (Lasso 04) was requested from Naval Air Station Lemoore to assist with transporting the victim from Sky Meadows to the awaiting ground ambulance at Mammoth Airport.
SAR members located the victim, provided care and readied her for helicopter pickup.
Despite the pain, she was stable and in good spirits.
Helicopter Lasso 04 arrived on and was able to coordinate with SAR units on the ground the best landing zone near the victim. After the victim was flown out, her husband and canine hiked back to the trailhead with the SAR team.
As it turned out, the husband was a Mono County Search and Rescue member
about 30 years ago.