Injured Hiker Rescued by Helicopter

Injured Hiker Rescued by Helicopter

A daring rescue by local deputies and CHP officers to save an injured hiker in the Sierra. It happened on the Kings River near Black Rock Reservoir, east of Pine Flat Lake. And we are getting a rare look at that rescue. It was captured on video.
A daring rescue by local deputies and CHP officers to save an injured hiker in the Sierra.

It happened on the Kings River near Black Rock Reservoir, east of Pine Flat Lake.

And we are getting a rare look at that rescue. It was captured on video.

The hiker, a man from Ventura in Southern California, was with four friends.

They jumped into a pool of water. When he jumped in, he broke his leg.

There was no way he'd be able to hike out. So rescue crews came to his aid.

The CHP helicopter hovered over the spot where the victim was waiting.

Down on the rocks below, the injured 30-year-old man, along with a deputy from the Fresno Sheriff's Search and Rescue. The deputy had been lowered down to help the injured hiker.

"And they took one particular deputy and inserted him into the area. He was able to get the victim stable, stable enough to get him hoisted up and out of the area," said Deputy Chris Curtice with the Fresno Sheriff's Office.

The hiker suffered a compound fracture to his lower leg. His leg was splinted and wrapped.

A flight officer helps direct the helicopter pilot to the right spot.

"Hold your forward, come left," he said over the radio that allows the two to communicate.

This is a narrow canyon to navigate. The hoist is lowered.

"OK, he has the hook and is going to take it over to the victim," the flight officer tells the pilot.

Within seconds, the injured hiker is lifted up towards the helicopter.
As he makes is ascent, the hiker begins to sway and spin at the end of the hoist.

The crew in the helicopter pauses to adjust, and then continues, until the hiker is safely inside the helicopter.

Search and Rescue and the CHP have performed these rescues many times before. They train together so they're ready when the call comes for help.

"This is really nice for the average citizen to see what happens in the back country," Deputy Curtice said of the videotaped rescue.

The injured hiker was flown out, put on a stretcher, and then flown to the hospital for treatment.

Since 2012, the CHP helicopter has responded to 118 search and rescues. 110 people have been saved.

The Fresno Sheriff's office has rescued at least 25 injured or stranded hikers so far this summer season.
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