Injured mountain biker hoisted out of Foresthill-area canyon

Published: Saturday, May. 3, 2014 - 9:06 pm
Last Modified: Saturday, May. 3, 2014 - 9:39 pm

A 21-year-old mountain biker who crashed in a canyon and lost consciousness after hitting his head Saturday afternoon was rescued by California Highway Patrol Helicopter 24, Airplane 21 and California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection personnel, authorities reported.

The victim, who was mountain biking with friends in the Foresthill area, crashed and flew over his handlebars into the ground, said Officer David E. White of Valley Division Air Operations.

“While this accident was very serious, it would have been much worse if the victim had not been wearing a helmet, which had massive damage ... never ride alone and always wear a helmet,” White said, adding that the victim’s friends also played a key role by calling for help.

After the CHP aircraft personnel found the victim, they guided CalFire personnel to the location to begin treatment, White said.

Because of the remote location and difficult terrain, ground personnel requested H-24 hoist the victim out of the canyon, White said.

The severely injured biker was transferred to a CalStar helicopter that flew him to Sutter Roseville Medical Center for treatment. H-24 crew included Officer Monty Emery, the pilot, and Officer Greg Norrgard, a paramedic. Brent Fallis piloted Airplane 21, with Flight Officer Trevor Anders, White said.

Call The Bee’s Stephen Magagnini, (916) 321-1072.

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