News Story


Sheriff's Aviation Unit Rescues Horse Fall Victim
3/4/2013 4:20:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Injured Horse Rider / Medevac

Report Number:



Willis Canyon, Ojai CA.

Date & Time:

03-03-13 @ 2:00 PM

Unit Responsible:

Sheriff's Aviation/ Search and Rescue Unit

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (D)ecedent

City of Residence



Oak View



On March 3, 2013, at about 2:00PM, the Sheriff's Aviation Unit was requested for an injured person in Willis Canyon. Initial reports indicated that a woman had fallen from a horse and was in need of help. Sheriff's Air Squad 8 responded. 


Upon arrival to the area of Willis Canyon, an aerial search was initiated.  Initially, the victim's exact location was not known.  A passerby, who had reportedly been in contact with the victim, walked to an area with cell phone coverage to call 911. The passerby reported that the victim was alone, without cell phone contact, and unable to move. Additional information from the passerby revealed the victim was on a dirt trail, under a thick oak tree canopy making it even more difficult to see her from the air.


After several minutes of searching and still being unable to locate the injured victim, Air Squad 8 landed in a nearby meadow. S.A.R. Flight Paramedic Rob Seebre was off-loaded and began walking a portion of the trail that could not be seen from the air. Within a few minutes, Seebre located the victim.  Seebre and Crew Chief John Braganza were able to assist the victim to the helicopter, and she was flown a short distance to where her care was transferred to an awaiting Lifeline Ambulance crew.  She was then taken to Ojai Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.


A good Samaritan walked the victim's horse back down the canyon to the trailhead, almost a mile from where she had fallen from her horse.




Deputy Preparing Media Release:

Senior Deputy Kelly Roark

Media Release Date:


Follow-Up Contact:

Senior Deputy Kelly Roark

Approved by:

Captain William Ayub