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Hiker ‘severely injured’ after falling near top of Bishop Peak

A CHP helicopter light shines on Bishop Peak as lights from a firefighter rescue crew go up the trail Thursday night, Dec. 29, 2016. Cal Fire received a report that someone had fallen near the top of the peak.
A CHP helicopter light shines on Bishop Peak as lights from a firefighter rescue crew go up the trail Thursday night, Dec. 29, 2016. Cal Fire received a report that someone had fallen near the top of the peak. dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com

Update, 7:50 p.m.

A hiker who was severely injured after falling near the top of Bishop Peak on Thursday night has been airlifted from the mountain, according to the San Luis Obispo City Fire Department.

The Fire Department posted the update on Twitter at 7:45 p.m., more than two hours after the 20-year-old man reportedly fell near the summit.

Cal Fire posted video of the injured man being hoisted from the mountain by a Santa Barbara County Fire Department helicopter.

The hiker suffered “major injuries,” though additional details about his condition were not immediately known, Cal Fire Capt. Brent Lee said.

Lee said the man was transported to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in SLO. His named was not released.

About 7:11 p.m., the Santa Barbara helicopter relieved a CHP helicopter, which had been providing light for emergency workers as they tended to the injured man, Lee said.

Lee said firefighters had been working to secure the injured hiker in a metal rescue basket to lift him and transport him.

Dispatchers first received word that the man fell about 5:27 p.m., and fire crews hiked up the peak to locate him, according to Cal Fire.

After the man was airlifted, the crews from Cal Fire and the SLO City Fire Department began hauling their gear back down the mountain, according to the Fire Department.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

Update, 6:40 p.m.

Rescue crews have reached a hiker who fell near the top of Bishop Peak on Thursday night, according to Cal Fire.

Firefighters were waiting for a Santa Barbara County Fire Department helicopter to arrive to hoist the injured man from the mountain, Cal Fire Capt. Brent Lee said.

A CHP helicopter has been assisting by providing light for emergency workers, however, it is unable to lift the injured man at this time, Lee said.

No injury details were available, but Lee said firefighters “would rather not carry him down” the mountain.

Cal Fire and the San Luis Obispo City Fire Department are working together on the rescue. Six engines have been dispatched to the scene.

On Twitter, the SLO Fire Department posted a photo of crew members tending to the hiker, who was described as “severely injured.”

Original story

One person has reportedly fallen near the top of Bishop Peak in San Luis Obispo on Thursday evening, and crews are hiking up the mountain to locate them, according to Cal Fire.

Emergency officials received word that someone fell at 5:27 p.m., Cal Fire Capt. Brent Lee said.

Information on the person who fell and any injuries they might have sustained was not immediately available, Lee said.

Cal Fire crews are being assisted by the San Luis Obispo City Fire Department; they are staging near the Foothill Boulevard entrance, Lee said.

Lee said at least five engines were dispatched to the scene, including a special rescue engine.

A CHP helicopter was seen shining a light on the top of the peak as rescue crews hiked toward the summit.

Mark Powell: 805-781-7915

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