Saturday, February 24 , 2018, 5:16 am | Fair 33º


Local News

Santa Barbara County Firefighters Make Pair of Hiking Rescues

Dehydration, rattlesnake bites keep emergency personnel busy in the backcountry

The Santa Barbara County Fire Department’s helicopter unit on Monday responded to two hiking incidents, one involving a group of tired, lost hikers who ran out of water and another involving a rattlesnake bite. No one was seriously injured in the incidents.

According to fire Capt. David Sadecki, a department spokesman, county fire personnel assisted four hikers who reported one of their party being dehydrated on the trail to Davy Brown Camp in Los Padres National Forest, about 22 miles north of Santa Ynez. An engine, battalion chief and helicopter responded at 4:42 p.m. Monday, with help from the U.S. Forest Service and a helicopter from CalStar, a nonprofit regional air ambulance service, Sadecki said.

Firefighters and paramedics were able to hike to and treat the party at the scene after a helicopter landed about a quarter-mile away. Three of the hikers, including the one reportedly suffering from dehydration, were flown to
Santa Ynez Airport, where the patient refused treatment and transportation to a hospital. The remaining hiker and two dogs were accompanied to the airport by by the Sheriff’s Department Search and Rescue Team.

At about the same time, the county fire officials received a call of a person bitten by a rattlesnake in the Red Rock campground area on the Santa Ynez River west of Gibraltar Reservoir. Firefighters and paramedics responded and treated the patient on the scene while the CalStar helicopter was en route from the other incident. The helicopter transported the patient to a hospital.

Noozhawk staff writer Giana Magnoli can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk or @NoozhawkNews. Become a fan of Noozhawk on Facebook.

  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click here to get started >

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made through PayPal below, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments.

Thank you for your vital support.

Reader Comments

Noozhawk is no longer accepting reader comments on our articles. Click here for the announcement. Readers are instead invited to submit letters to the editor by emailing them to [email protected]. Please provide your full name and community, as well as contact information for verification purposes only.

Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >