Hiker who fell, broke leg is rescued from Bishop Peak

nwilson@thetribunenews.com, jrobillard@thetribunenews.comAugust 15, 2013 

Update 2:30 a.m.:

Emergency personnel reported early Friday that the injured hiker had been rescued from Bishop Peak.

Firefighters and paramedics hiked to the 19-year-old male who had fallen on a steep section of the peak on the Foothill Boulevard side just below the main trail about 9:25 p.m. Thursday.

The man, who suffered a “serious” fracture to a lower leg, according to a news release from the San Luis Obispo Fire Department, was lowered off the mountain in a Stokes basket.

The hiker was taken to Sierra Vista Medical Center in San Luis Obispo, according to the news release.

No injuries to fire department and Cal Fire personnel were reported.

Original story:

A male hiker fell from a 5-foot ledge and broke his leg on Bishop Peak around 9:30 p.m. Thursday, according to Lt. Bill Proll of the San Luis Obispo Police Department.

The hiker suffered a compound fracture to his left leg after hiking an estimated mile up the mountain.

San Luis Obispo police and Cal Fire rescuers hiked to the man, who was with someone who called 911, to provide medical assistance.

A CHP helicopter is flying overhead to light the rescue area. A second helicopter equipped with a hoist to lift the victim from the mountain was en route from Ventura.

The incident took place in a steep area. Proll advised people to avoid hiking at night to avoid potential injury or death.

In August 2005, a 21-year-old Cal Poly student died after he fell about 50 feet from a ledge while hiking on Bishop Peak. A 24-year-old man died there in January 2001 after losing his footing, and a 20-year-old Santa Margarita man died on the mountain after falling about 75 feet in 2000.

Video: Fire crews prepare to rescue hiker

San Luis Obispo City Fire Battalion Chief Jeff Gater discusses what rescuers know about the situation and their strategies for getting the hiker off the mountain safely.

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