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Ventura County Backcountry - Two Hikers Rescued by Helicopters
7/3/2013 7:00:00 AM


Nature of Incident:

Two Hikers Rescued by Helicopters

Report Number:

13-14416 / 13-14418


Tar Creek Trail, Fillmore, Ca.

Date & Time:

06/30/13 at 03:00P.M.

Unit(s) Responsible:

Air Squad 9, Air Squad 7, V.C.F.D. Engine 27

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

City of Residence

(P) Angelique Arrizon

Mission Hills, Ca


On 6-30-13, at about 3:00 P.M., the Ventura County Aviation Unit's Rescue Helicopter (Air Squad 9) responded to a 911 call that originated from the Tar Creek Trail, which is located off Goodenough Road in the unincorporated area of Fillmore.  The caller reported that his family was hiking from the Tar Creek swimming holes to the Squaw Flat parking lot, when his 17 year old daughter collapsed due to the heat. 


The Ventura County Air Squad 9, Ventura County Fire Department (Engine 27), and personal from the Los Padres National Forest, all arrived on scene and started searching for the patient.  The crew of Air Squad 9 quickly located the patient on the trail about two miles from the trailhead.  The helicopter landed near the patient and the Flight Medic started treating her with advanced life support care. 


While the personnel from Air Squad 9 were treating the first patient, a second group of hikers ran to the scene and reported that a second patient had collapsed due to the heat.  The second patient was being assisted up the trail, but was still about one mile from the helicopter.   Because the first patient needed immediate transport to the Ventura County Medical Center, Air Squad 9 was unable to stay on scene.  Therefore a second Rescue Helicopter (Air Squad 7) was dispatch to the scene to treat the second patient.


While Air Squad 7 was enroute to the scene, the crew of Ventura County Fire Department Engine 27, located the second patient, Angelique Arrizon, near the same area the first patient was located.  Air Squad 7 landed on scene and the Crew Chief / Paramedic assisted with the treatment of Arrizon.  Arrizon's condition was stabilized and she was transported to the Squaw Flat parking lot, where her care was transferred to an AMR Ambulance. 


The Ventura County Sheriff's Search and Rescue Unit would like to remind everyone to check the weather report and check with the local Ranger Station for conditions of the area you are planning on visiting.  Due to the ongoing drought, many of the swimming holes and creeks are dry or very low, so extra water may be necessary.      


Prepared by:

Senior Deputy Darin Rich / #2928


Media Release Date:



Follow-Up Contact:

Senior Deputy Rich / (805) 388-4212


Approved by:

Captain Bill Ayub