Helicopter hoist saves motorcyclist
By Jesse Phelps
On Monday at approximately 6
p.m., the Ventura County Sheriff's Aviation Unit was dispatched
to report on a motorcycle accident on Highway 33 north of Rose
Valley. Initial reports were that the rider and his motorcycle
had left the roadway and fallen approximately 40 feet down an
embankment. According to witnesses, the rider, Jed Arasheben,
23, of Northridge, was suffering only from a minor knee injury.
Emergency crews from Los Padres National Forest, the Ventura
County Fire Department and a Life Line ambulance were dispatched
to the site of the accident. After it was determined that the
victim was still down the embankment and that the accident was
actually near Lockwood Valley Road, which is well north of Ojai,
the services of Sheriff's Copter 9 were requested.
Once on scene, emergency personnel assessed Arasheben's condition.
Due to the nature of the accident and the distance the rider
had fallen down the embankment, it was decided that all precautions
should be taken for possible head and back injuries.
Sheriff's Copter 9 arrived and hoisted down crew chief and rescue
specialist Carl Patterson with rescue equipment. After being
placed into a Stokes litter, Arasheben was hoisted approximately
50 feet up to the hovering helicopter. After recovering the rescue
specialist, the helicopter boarded a paramedic from the Life
Line ambulance to accompany Arasheben on the flight to the Ventura
County Medical Center in Ventura.
Arasheben's medical care continued throughout the flight. Once
at the hospital, his medical care was transferred to the emergency
No other bystanders or emergency personnel were injured during
the rescue hoist operation, according to Deputy Mike Berg of
the Aviation/Search and Rescue Unit.
Berg said that rescues of this nature are not uncommon in the
canyons, particularly during summer. "It varies, it's kind
of seasonal," he noted. Citing the heightened activity at
this time of year, Berg said, " We were really surprised
that was our first and only call. We get a lot of them when there's
a lot of activity."
Berg also said in discussing this type of rescue, that more than
50 percent of all calls have to do with motorcycles.
He could not confirm Arasheben's current condition but a nursing
supervisor at Ventura County Medical Center said that, though
rules in place would not allow her to discuss patient injuries,
she could confirm that Arasheben has already been discharged.
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