CHP helicopter crews were kept busy Saturday providing medical transport for an injured skier, a Folsom teen in a bike-riding mishap and a snowmobile rider who had hurt his leg.
California Highway Patrol Helicopter 20 first delivered a 13-year-old girl who had suffered serious injuries while skiing at Alpine Meadows to a Reno hospital. As crew members were returning about 1:40 p.m. Saturday, they got another call about an injured mountain bike rider.
The crew flew to an area south of Lake Clementine, a reservoir off Auburn-Foresthill Road, about two miles from Auburn. After searching for about five minutes, the crew spotted five bicyclists frantically waving, according to a CHP press release.
On the ground was bicyclist Cameron Boggs, 18, of Folsom. The helicopter crew directed medical personnel to the spot where Boggs was suffering from various injuries after a fall from his bike.
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After an assessment of the teen’s condition, a decision was made to lift him by cable attached to a basket into the chopper and take him to a Roseville hospital.
Boggs’ mother, Kara Cotton, met the helicopter crew and her son at the hospital, which reported Monday that Boggs was in fair condition.
Cotton said her son would be in the hospital for at least another five days.
“Their main concern right now is that he damaged his kidney and his spleen,” said Cotton. “He’s still in the ICU.”
The teen, who was wearing his helmet, was training with his mountain bike team. The team was practicing the course before a race and Boggs, who had taken the course three times, was enjoying the track.
A coach gave the go-ahead for one more spin and Boggs decided to go for the fourth ride. Boggs, a student at Folsom Lake High School, is not sure what caused the fall because he hit his head.
“A teammate and another coach were with him,” said Cotton. “They were going to try to walk him back down the trail, but he was too dizzy. The terrain was too much to get a vehicle in there, which is why they flew him out.”
After the rescue of the teen mountain biker, the helicopter’s crew changed and was dispatched to Anderson Peak in the Sierra, where a snowmobile rider had suffered a leg injury.
The CHP helicopter arrived where a Care Flight medical helicopter crew had landed uphill from the injured snowmobiler and hiked to the patient. The CHP crew was able to land closer to the injured man.
After speaking with the Care Flight crew, it was decided that because of deep snow and steep terrain, it was better to carry the injured man to the CHP helicopter. He was taken to a Reno hospital for treatment.