CHP helicopter rescues injured bicyclist

September 7, 2009 12:43:03 PM PDT
A man who was injured while mountain biking in Marin County on Sunday was rescued via helicopter after he fell off his bike in a steep, remote area that was not accessible by ambulance, according to the California Highway Patrol.

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The 59-year-old fell at about 7 p.m. in the East Peak area of Mount Tamalpais in Marin County, and he sustained back and cervical injuries, CHP said.

CHP and Marin County Fire responded to the accident, and CHP Helicopter 30 arrived in the air above the scene just as the fire department made contact with the man on the ground, the CHP said.

An ambulance could not reach the man, so the helicopter lowered rescue equipment and circled the scene, according to CHP. About five minutes later, the helicopter returned to the scene and lowered its hoist hook to emergency personnel on the ground.

CHP said the workers on the ground then connected the helicopter's hook to the emergency equipment and hoisted the man about 75 feet into the helicopter.

The man was transported to a landing zone at the Mount Tamalpais Fire Look Out parking lot about 1 mile away, CHP said. He was transferred to a waiting ambulance, and the helicopter rescue took about 15 minutes.

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