2 Deputies Fall Off Cliff

A deputy was injured as he fell off a cliff, pulling another deputy with him during a marijuana grow raid.

In the early morning hours of Tuesday, the Kern County Sheriff’s Office Major Violators Unit and Kern Narcotics Enforcement Team were attempting to serve a search warrant for a marijuana grow in the remote area of Bald Mountain, in the Havilah area.

During the hike into the area, deputies said that one of the deputies lost his traction while crossing a large boulder and cliff.

The deputy began sliding down the boulder.

A second deputy sheriff, Reed Lovan, attempted to rescue him by grabbing the falling deputy’s backpack, according to the Kern County Sheriff's Department.

The momentum of the falling deputy pulled both deputies downward, off of the 30 foot cliff, the KCSD reported.

Lovan sustained a broken ankle and leg and a shoulder injury as a result of the fall.

Sheriff's helicopter, Air Five, extracted Lovan from the ravine where he had fallen.

Lovan was transfered to Kern Medical Center.

The other deputy was rescued but was not seriously injured.

The remaining deputy sheriffs served the search warrant and said they located a large clandestine marijuana grow.

Deputies said they seized and destroyed over 17,000 marijuana plants.

Deputies said the suspects fled prior to deputies entering into the marijuana grow.

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