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A dirt-bike rider was stuck in a ravine overnight. How did crews save him?

Emergency crews, helicopter rescue motorcyclist who crashed on washed-out road

A motorcyclist riding his dirt bike on Caldor Road in El Dorado County during a camping trip with his family, crashed on a washed-out portion of the road. The man was unable to move and spent the night on rocky terrain before being rescued by a Ca
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A motorcyclist riding his dirt bike on Caldor Road in El Dorado County during a camping trip with his family, crashed on a washed-out portion of the road. The man was unable to move and spent the night on rocky terrain before being rescued by a Ca

A dirt-bike rider who spent the night injured in an El Dorado County mountain ravine after he crashed was rescued Sunday by CHP officers and sheriff’s deputies.

The motorcyclist, who had been camping with his family, left for a ride by himself Saturday afternoon. When he didn’t return, the family searched and found him in the ravine Sunday morning.

The rider had gone over the edge of a 30-foot ravine when he came around a curve on Caldor Road and didn’t see a washed-out portion in time to stop. The impact of the crash caused injuries so severe he could not move.

Outside of cellphone range, he remained on his stomach all night until his family found him the next morning. Family members then drove three miles before finding a cell signal and calling 911.

A California Highway Patrol helicopter crew could not hoist him out of the ravine because of tall trees, but pilot Officer Monty Emery landed the aircraft nearby to assist El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies.

Flight officer-paramedic Matt Calcutt helped deputies position a rescue basket, or litter, near the 42-year-old Placerville victim. He was loaded onto the litter, and it was hoisted up the side of the ravine by a winch attached to a four-wheeled, all-terrain vehicle on the road.

The man was placed in the helicopter and flown to Sutter Roseville Medical Center for treatment.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews

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