Second hiker dies after fall at Mt. Baldy

A woman hiking in the “Baldy Bowl” area of Mount Baldy has died following a fall, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department reports.

The woman fell 500 to 700 feet in the icy conditions Sunday, sustaining ultimately fatal injuries.

“The hiker was down on a steep and icy hillside, surrounded by numerous helpful hikers assisting in any way they could,” according to a news release from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

It is the second hiker death in two weeks at Mt. Baldy.

On Sunday, the S.B. County Sheriff’s department received a call from the California Office of Emergency Services after someone at the scene used an emergency satellite device to send an SOS message. The sheriff then dispatched an air rescue team to the location, which was able to drop a medic to assist the woman.

A flight crew with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department attends to a woman who fell while hiking in the Baldy Bowl area of Mount Baldy on Sunday. She died before she could be rescued. Photo/courtesy San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department

The medic requested an additional air rescue helicopter to hoist the woman from the location, but she died before the second airship could arrive. She was later transported to the San Bernardino County Coroner.

The woman’s identity and place of residence were withheld pending notification of family.

“Within the past two weeks, two hikers have slid on ice on Mt. Baldy and both succumbed to their injuries,” read the sheriff’s dept. news release. “Many fall victims are reported on the same mountain in the winter season. We encourage hikers to please come prepared and hike responsibly. Wear appropriate clothing for the colder weather conditions and have the proper snow and ice gear with you,”

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