Woman dies after fall near Bear Creek Spire

Inyo County Sheriff’s Department press release

Inyo County Sheriff’s Office was contacted the evening of September 18th regarding a deceased fall victim near Bear Creek Spire.

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Photos courtesy Inyo County Sheriff’s Department

The reporting party, and climbing partner, indicated that the two-person team had camped at Dade Lake and set out the morning of the 18th to ascend Bear Creek Spire. As the pair was traversing the route the victim, a 26 year old woman from the San Francisco Bay Area, lost her footing and fell between 800-1000 feet.

The reporting party descended down the steep chute but discovered the victim to be deceased. With the assistance of two hikers, the reporting party was guided back to the Mosquito Flat trailhead where a 911 call was able to be placed.

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Inyo County Sheriff’s Office requested CHP helicopter H-70 out of Paso Robles to assist in the recovery operation on September 19th. H-70 attempted to locate the victim, but the high winds yesterday required aerial support to postpone the recovery until the following morning.

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This morning the victim’s body was located and transported to the Bishop airport where they were met by the Inyo County Coroner.

Assisting in this recovery operation were Inyo Search and Rescue, Inyo Sheriff, H-70 out of Paso Robles, and CHP flight members from H-40 out of Fresno.

 

 

 

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Timmy
Timmy
5 years ago

It still takes hero’s to risk their lives for recovery of the dead from the back country.

Rick O'Brien
Rick O'Brien
5 years ago

It was a recovery, Bob, not a rescue. just sayin’

Government Tool
Government Tool
5 years ago

What’s up with the action shots?

This is a story about a tragic death, not an opportunity for the Sheriff’s Department to show us what a helicopter looks like and otherwise promote itself.

Do these people have no humility?

Bob Todd
Bob Todd
5 years ago

The Inyo County Sheriff’s Office had a note outside of the press release saying the pictures were sent to show the rugged terrain and the difficulty of the rescue. I thought the pictures were appropriate, and I commend all of the men and women who risk their lives to help… Read more »