"No abnormalities" found in rescue equipment used by officer
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The National Transportation Safety Board has released its preliminary report on the incident that led to the death of a Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officer during a search and rescue mission.
Officer David Vanbuskirk was killed July 22 during the rescue of a stranded hiker on Mount Charleston.
Vanbuskirk had been lowered to the hiker on a ledge and was being hoisted back into a rescue helicopter when he became disconnected and fell.
According to the preliminary report, the post-accident examination of the boom and winch assemblies and harness used during the mission revealed "no abnormalities."
LVMPD has not made a comment on the findings.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration and LVMPD are also conducting investigations into the incident.