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Bishop Peak hiker critically injured after fall, transferred to Stanford for treatment

A CHP helicopter illuminates Bishop Peak as lights from a firefighter rescue crew go up the trail Thursday night, Dec. 29, 2016. An 18-year-old man fell near the top and suffered critical injuries.
A CHP helicopter illuminates Bishop Peak as lights from a firefighter rescue crew go up the trail Thursday night, Dec. 29, 2016. An 18-year-old man fell near the top and suffered critical injuries. dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com

A hiker who was critically injured Thursday night after falling near the top of Bishop Peak in San Luis Obispo was transferred to Stanford Hospital for treatment.

The 18-year-old man was injured about 5:30 p.m. after falling 25 to 30 feet near the top of the mountain, according to Cal Fire.

Cal Fire and San Luis Obispo City Fire Department emergency personnel hiked up Bishop Peak to administer medical care while a CHP helicopter provided light, Cal Fire Capt. Brent Lee said.

Eventually, a Santa Barbara County Fire Department helicopter was used to lift the man off the mountain, according to Cal Fire.

The man was taken to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo to be stabilized, hospital spokesman Ron Yukelson said. The man was then taken to Stanford in a fixed-wing plane for further treatment, Yukelson said. The man was in critical condition at the time of his transfer.

Officials on Friday declined to release the man’s name, citing medical privacy concerns.

Lisa Kim, a Stanford Health Care media relations specialist, said she could not provide information about the man without his name.

Tribune staff writers Mark Powell, Lindsey Holden and Matt Fountain contributed to this story.

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