JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK, Twentynine Palms, CA – On April 2, 2014, a 17 year old hiker became wedged between rocks while scrambling in the Johnson Canyon area of Joshua Tree National Park. The incident was reported at 4:49pm to 911 and agencies responded to include Morongo Basin Ambulance, Twentynine Palms Fire Dept., Marine Corps Air and Ground Combat Center Fire and Rescue, and National Park search and rescue rangers and volunteers.
During the six hour rescue, a mechanical advantage system was applied to no avail, requiring the MCAGCC team to implement a pneumatic chisel. The subject was successfully freed and walked out on his own, with only minor scrapes and bruises. Park Ranger and Incident Commander, Mike Shuman said, “It’s great to have the relationships the park has with other local agencies. Their equipment and expertise was key in the rescue and the favorable outcome.”