We’ve been getting a ton of calls about helicopter overflights and other acts of aerial derring do in the 24/680 of late. We report what we know, of course, including a rough sketch of this rescue on our Facebook page – but we rarely get an onboard view.
On Friday, May 13 the Office of the Sheriff’s STARR 3 helicopter was requested by Contra Costa County Fire Protection District personnel with a hiker in need of assistance in the Shell Ridge Open Space, about a mile from Whitecliff Way in Walnut Creek.
Con Fire Captain-Paramedics were airlifted to the remote location, found and assessed the victim and determined that she needed to be immediately evacuated.
STARR 3’s Tactical Flight Officer was short-hauled to the scene where he secured the victim and a Captain-Paramedic to the chopper’s tether, and all three were short-hauled to a waiting ambulance nearby.
The victim was then transported to a local hospital.