Victims Call for Help After Chopper Crash

Thursday, Jan 7, 2010  |  Updated 3:36 PM PDT
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Victims Call for Help After Chopper Crash

Keep it close, even when in a helicopter.

Rescue crews hoisted a man and a woman from a remote area of the backcountry Sunday after their helicopter slammed into the ground and crumpled during what appears to have been some sort of training exercise, a sheriff's corporal said Sunday night.

The two victims, who are both in their 30s, were transported to local trauma centers at about 4:30 p.m. with moderate to serious injuries that did not appear to be life threatening, said Cpl. Tony Webber, commander of the sheriff's hoist rescue helicopter.

The victims, who crashed at about 2:40 p.m., were fortunate to be found as quickly as they were, Webber said, explaining that they crashed in the southwest corner of the desolate, 21,400-acre Rancho Guejito property.

The victims, whose names were withheld by authorities, used a cell phone to call for help shortly after they crashed, Webber said.

Read more about the crash in the full article in the North County Times.

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