4 men were out hiking on Mt. Baldy, CA on Thursday, when the snow beneath them gave way, taking three of them down the mountain. The 4th hiker wasn’t taken out by the avalanche, so he was able to call for help. The three men slid 200-300 feet down the mountain along with the avalanche. None of them were severely injured, but minor to moderate injuries were reported. The hiker with the worst injuries complained of pain all along the right side of his body, so he was taken out first by the helicopter. All three of the hikers were rescued within hours of the avalanche. Recent snowfall on top of an icy layer of snow is to blame for the slide. Thankfully, the hikers are still with us to day, it could’ve been much worse.
“It could have been a body recovery,” said Battalion Chief Doug Nelson with the San Bernardino County Fire Department.
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