Sunday, June 1, 2008

Firefighters rescue injured hiker


Rescue crews hoisted an injured hiker from Santa Barbara’s front country after he slid down a hillside approximately 20 feet.
At 3:48 p.m. on Saturday, the sheriff’s search and rescue team, along with the county fire helicopter, arrived at the scene near Cathedral Peak, County Fire Capt. Curt Warner said. The 25-year-old victim, a Santa Barbara man, had apparently fallen from some rocks and slid downhill before stopping his fall.

Due to deep lacerations to his shins, the man was unable to hike out of the wilderness and had to be airlifted from the scene. A friend met the victim at the airport and transported him to the hospital, Capt. Warner said.
“In addition to the deep lacerations on both legs, it is also believed that he sprained one or both ankles, because he was limping a bit,” Capt. Warner said.

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