A 9-year-old boy is being credited with ensuring his father’s rescue after a snowmobile accident in the backcountry south of South Lake Tahoe on Sunday .
John Taylor, 54, and his son were riding separate snowmobiles about 1 p.m. in the Blue Lakes area in Alpine County when Taylor’s vehicle went out of control and struck a large tree.
The South Lake Tahoe man’s left leg became entangled with the snowmobile during the accident, breaking his femur and trapping him under the wreckage, according to the California Highway Patrol report.
His young son, whose name is not being released by the CHP because he is a minor, was able to dig him out from beneath the snowmobile, but the pair discovered Taylor’s leg was too damaged to bear his weight.
Knowing they would not be able to get off the mountain together, Taylor asked his son to go for help, the report said.
The boy rode several miles on Blue Lakes Road toward Highway 88, where he located an employee of Lake Tahoe Adventures, a Tahoe tourism company, who was able to reach emergency personnel by radio.
When emergency responders arrived, the boy was able to lead them to his father.
Because of the rough terrain, Taylor was flown by CHP helicopter to an ambulance that transported him to a local hospital in South Lake Tahoe, said CHP Officer Jeff Gartner.
The Alpine County Sheriff’s Department and volunteer fire personnel, as well as the Lake Valley Fire Department, assisted with the rescue.