GARNER VALLEY – A person who was injured when they fell from their horse became the subject of a remote area rescue Friday, Sept. 23. The emergency happened on a rugged trail near Table Mountain and Pathfinder Roads in Garner Valley in the San Bernardino National Forest.
The area where the victim was injured is northeast of Anza and southeast of Mountain Center, on the east side of State Route 74 and is about two miles from Fire Station 53 in Garner Valley.
12 firefighters from three engine companies and a medic squad responded to the reported emergency with assistance from American Medical Response personnel at just after 10 a.m.
After arriving in the area, emergency first responders hiked into the woods through difficult terrain to locate the downed rider.
After making contact with the injured rider firefighters determined the victim sustained major traumatic injuries; however, the exact nature or extent of the rider’s injuries were not specified.
Based on the rider’s injuries, firefighters requested assistance from an air ambulance, according to Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Public Information Officer April Newman.
Firefighters had to load the victim onto a stretcher and carry the person to a waiting ground ambulance.
At about 11 a.m., approximately one hour after receiving the call, Newman updated that firefighters had loaded the patient onto an AMR ground ambulance. Once loaded onto the ambulance, the victim was transported to a nearby landing zone to be picked up by Mercy Air Ambulance 18.
The victim, who was not identified, was transported by air ambulance to an area trauma center in stable but serious condition at about 11:30 a.m.
The status of the rider’s horse and the victim’s current condition were not available.