A California Highway Patrol helicopter crew hoisted a man to safety Thursday morning after he experienced medical problems on a remote trail near the Mount Zion lookout in Amador County.
Officer Dan Lewis, pilot of the CHP’s Helicopter 20, and Officer Mark Flores, flight officer and paramedic, were in flight over the Sacramento area about 8:25 a.m. when they monitored a call reporting the individual experiencing medical difficulties. The crew contacted Amador Fire Command and offered its services due to the remoteness of the location, according to a news release from the CHP’s Valley Division Air Operations.
The offer was accepted, and the helicopter crew was dispatched to the scene.
When they arrived, crew members saw the victim was in steep terrain and determined a hoist was the safest means of rescue. Fire personnel prepared the 25-year-old man for the hoist by putting him in a rescue vest. The helicopter then hovered over the victim, completed the hoist and flew him a short distance to a waiting ground ambulance. The victim, who was experiencing breathing problems and light-headedness, was taken to a hospital for treatment.
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The CHP released video of the rescue: