Search And Rescue

Staff Reports

San Bernardino CountyA 911 call was received to Victor Valley Station on July 9 around 7:45 p.m. from a distraught female in regards to her husband, who went OHV riding of the El Mirage Dry Lake Bed and had not returned.

She provided the deputies with information as to exactly the color of the OHV he was riding, what he was wearing, and that she had not seen him for over 4 to 5 hours. Jaime Velasquez had never ridden before in the area, and went with no food and no water. After the information was received by the deputies, Velasquez was listed as a critical missing adult. The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department assisted Victor Valley Station in the search.

A Command Post was set up on Oasis Road south of El Mirage Road near Black Mountain on Sunday, July 10 at 5 a.m. by search and rescue members with direction of the Search and Rescue Coordinator Deputy Mark Lewis. Teams were put together and deployed at around 4:45 a.m. on the search for Velasquez.

Jaime Velasquez was located a little after 6 a.m. suffering from a head injury and possible broken leg. He was carried back to the command post. Paramedics were on site waiting and transported him to Antelope Valley Hospital to be treated for his injuries.

Thanks to the team effort and the volunteers who responded to help in assisting the search and rescue.

The Victor Valley Sheriff’s Stations Off Highway Vehicle Team would like to remind everyone to be prepared with adequate food and water, ride in pairs, and never venture out alone. Helmets are required by California State Law when operating an Off Highway Vehicle.

For additional information on legal riding areas or California State Laws regarding Off Highway Vehicles, please contact Sergeant Jeff Toll at (760) 868-1006.