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Amazing It Can Fly With All the Big Brass Ones

Subdeacon Joe

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Last night (4/28/23) at around 7:53 PM, Henry-One responded with numerous Marin County agencies to the area of Ridgecrest Dr. on Mt. Tamalpais for the report of a vehicle accident. The initial information was that a vehicle had gone over a cliff and was several hundred feet down in a ravine. It was believed there were possibly two patients trapped in the vehicle. Three US Airforce Airmen, who witnessed the accident, had made their way down the ravine to the vehicle. They attempted to provide aid before emergency personnel arrived and provided valuable information to Dispatch. A Marin County Fire Captain arrived on-scene and rappelled to the vehicle. He began life saving measures on what was determined to be the only victim. A REACH medical helicopter and the California Highway Patrol Helicopter H-32 also responded.


Henry-One arrived on-scene and immediately deployed the onboard Sheriff’s Office Paramedic to the vehicle using a 200-foot long line. The vehicle was located approximately 530 feet down in the hillside and appeared to have only been stopped by a large tree. The vehicle was wedged against the broken tree, which was holding the vehicle up from falling further down the hillside. To expedite getting extrication equipment to the vehicle, the Henry-One Tactical Flight Officer (TFO) prepared Marin County Fire Department’s equipment to be flown in along with a Marin County Fire Paramedic. The extrication equipment, TFO, and MCFD’s Paramedic were flown to the vehicle using the 200-foot long line. After an extended extrication, the patient was removed from the vehicle and packaged on a traverse rescue stretcher. The patient, TFO and Sheriff’s Office Paramedic were flown via the long line to an awaiting ambulance on the road above. The ambulance transferred the patient to the REACH Helicopter who was then flown to a local trauma center with major injuries.


CHP Helicopter H-32 retrieved a rescuer who had injured themselves trying to make access to the vehicle.


This incident is a perfect example of multiple agencies working together for the common goal of saving lives.



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  • Subdeacon Joe changed the title to Amazing It Can Fly With All the Big Brass Ones

Imagine waking up in the hospital to find out all that happened just to get you help. It would be quite humbling, I’m sure.
My Christmas list would definitely grow. That’s for sure. 

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