Injured Hiker Rescued

A Ventura man was rescued yesterday on the Upper Kings River by Sheriff’s Search and Rescue personnel after severely injuring himself the previous afternoon.

Sunday night, shortly after 10:00pm, deputies were dispatched to an injured person call below the Blackrock reservoir, east of Balch camp in eastern Fresno County. Earlier that afternoon, the thirty year old victim had been hiking with four other friends during which time he broke his leg after jumping into a pool of water. While one of his friends stayed, the other three hiked out to get help.

Just under twenty SAR personnel, both deputies and volunteers, responded. Due to the steep and rugged terrain, it was decided that hoisting the victim out would be best. Due to darkness, it was decided the rescue would be attempted the following day and the CHP helicopter was requested.

Yesterday at first light, SAR personnel and H40 were able to get to the victim location. A SAR deputy was lowered to the victim who was then hoisted out of the area and flown to a nearby helipad. The victim was then transported to Community Regional Medical Center for treatment.

Contact Information

Tony Botti
Public Information Officer
(559) 600-8137