Coast Guard assists in the rescue of an injured hiker

ALAMEDA, Calif. – A Coast Guard helicopter crew assisted the San Luis Obispo Fire Department in the rescue of an injured hiker, about 25 miles south of Big Sur, Calif., around 9:45 p.m., Saturday.

The hiker’s hand was struck and partially amputated by a fallen boulder.

The fire department arrived on scene, but could not complete the rescue due to nightfall and the steep terrain. A helicopter with hoist and night-vision capabilities was requested. The Monterey Fire Dispatch contacted the Coast Guard, and a MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Station San Francisco was launched. The helicopter arrived on scene and conducted a 232-foot hoist to successfully medevac the hiker.

The hiker was taken to Monterey Airport and transferred to emergency medical personnel. He is listed in stable condition.

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  1. Alain Claudel says:

    As a member of Monterey County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue team (which was hiking up to extract the victim in case the hoist had not been possible), I cannot overstate how professional and proficient that rescue was! The reader should realize that it took place in total darkness (no moon yet) and in a very narrow gully. Well done!