Saturday, July 24, 2010

Wakeboarder Injured at El Capitan Reservoir

El Monte Valley - Lakeside Firefighters and San Diego City Lake Rangers teamed-up to rescue a wakeboarder who suffered traumatic injuries at the El Capitan Reservoir east of Lakeside on Saturday, July 24, 2010. The Lake Rangers accessed the injured person at the far north end of the lake providing treatment and packaging and delivering him to the boat dock where care was transferred to the crews from Lakeside's Lake Jennings fire station (E3 & M3). Due to the nature of the injuries and the relatively long transport distance, an aeromedical helicopter (Mercy Air 6) was requested to respond from Gillespie Field in El Cajon. Lakeside Battalion 1 (Tockstein) secured the landing zone at El Monte County Park. Lakeside Firefighter/Paramedics transferred care to the Mercy Air 6 flight crew and the patient was transported to Sharp Memorial Hospital in Kearny Mesa.

Mercy Air 6 lands at El Monte Park.

Lakeside Firefighters have provided service to the San Diego City lakes at San Vincente and El Capitan reservoirs for many years. We have fostered a close working relationship with the San Diego City Lake Rangers in order to provide service to county residents who enjoy recreation at the lakes.

Mercy Air 6 lifts-off with El Cajon mountain in the background.

Mercy Air 6 enroute Sharp Memorial Hospital.

Story and photos by: Captain Scott Culkin, Lakeside Fire District

1 comment:

  1. Nice story Scott. The pictures are fantastic and make the post really great!