A 44-year-old man from San Luis Obispo County was rescued by helicopter today from an area in Los Padres National Forest north of Santa Ynez after he had a medical emergency.
Senior Deputy Doug Jones of the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department said the man, whom he did not identify, had been hiking and camping near the Nira Campground, north of Cachuma Lake, since last Tuesday.
On Saturday, the man had some kind of seizure and fell, said Jones, injuring his neck. The hiker activated a personal locator beacon that sent an alert to a friend through the Global Positioning System.
That friend called authorities around 8 a.m. Sunday, and with the coordinates provided by the beacon, a search-and-rescue team with the Sheriff’s Department flew over the area and located him.
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A helicopter from the Santa Barbara County Fire Department was then summoned, and it hoisted the man into the aircraft and flew him to the Santa Ynez Valley, where an ambulance drove him to Cottage Hospital Santa Ynez for treatment.
Jones said the man was listed in stable condition.