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Crash victim deploys emergency beacon, prompting rescue

A motorcyclist who damaged his knee when he hit a tree used a satellite emergency beacon to summon CHP rescuers who hoisted him into a hovering helicopter.

Daniel Thalhuber, 21, of San Jose, was on a motorcycle trip alone to trace the Pacific Coast Trail using rural roads and trails, according to the California Highway Patrol. However, his trip came to a halt on his first full day of riding about 6:30 p.m. Sunday when he hit a tree in an off-road crash in the Cody Lake area of El Dorado County.

With his knee badly hurt, he scrambled down to a creek and drank water before setting up a tent for the night. On Monday morning, he used a SPOT device, which is a personal satellite emergency beacon, to summon help.

In a couple of hours, El Dorado County Sheriff’s Deputy Greg Olmos arrived and requested help from the CHP helicopter crew. Pilot Officer Dan Lewis and Flight Officer-Paramedic Greg Norrgard responded.

Because of steep terrain, it was determined that it would be best to lift the motorcyclist from the scene. The hoist went smoothly, and Thalhuber was whisked away to Barton Hospital in South Lake Tahoe for treatment.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews