On June 19th, 2018 at approximately 1100 hours, Mono County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a 70-year-old female that suffered a possible dislocated hip while hiking with her husband and canine companion in Sky Meadows area near Emerald Lake (approx. 10,040’ elevation).
Mono County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue was called out and 10 SAR team members began the hike to the victim from the Coldwater Campground trailhead. A Search and Rescue Helicopter (Lasso 04) was requested from Naval Air Station Lemoore to assist with transporting the victim from Sky Meadows to the awaiting ground ambulance at Mammoth Airport.
SAR members located the victim, provided care and readied her for helicopter pickup. Despite the pain, she was stable and in good spirits. Helicopter Lasso 04 arrived on and was able to coordinate with SAR units on the ground the best landing zone near the victim. After the victim was flown out, her husband and canine hiked back to the trailhead with the SAR team.
As it turned out, the husband was a Mono County Search and Rescue member about 30 years ago.