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Rescue team works to save fall victims

RUNNING SPRINGS – Rescuers worked Tuesday night to free at least three people and a firefighter who fell several hundred feet down an ice chute and into a creek.

The people had been near Hunsaker Drive and Encina Way and fell some 200 to 300 feet, said Tracey Martinez, San Bernardino County fire spokeswoman.

One person was able to climb to the top, get to a nearby home and call for help, Martinez said.

The call came into county dispatchers about 6 p.m.

Fire supervisor Jaime Vilches said the person called authorities about a half-hour after the group fell into the creek.

A county fire Heavy Technical Rescue Unit and sheriff’s Search and Rescue personnel responded to the scene.

A firefighter had tried to climb down to the stranded hikers, but fell about 100 feet and was injured, Martinez said.

“We’re not sure how bad the injury is, but we know it’s not life threatening,” Martinez said.

By Gina Tenorio SBSUN.com