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UPDATE: Woman rescued by helicopter after fall at Bishop Peak

An 18-year-old woman was rescued by a CHP helicopter on Monday after she fell about 30 feet while hiking on Bishop Peak.

Fire officials responding to the 11:15 a.m. call learned that the woman, who was not identified, had been hiking with at least one other friend when she fell near the summit, said San Luis Obispo Fire Department Battalion Chief Mike Hogan.

Hogan declined to discuss the specific nature of her injuries but said that the woman could not walk down by herself.

He said the area where she fell was unusual; she was not hiking on a trail when she fell.

“If the helicopter was not able to lift her out it would have been a challenging and technical rescue,” Hogan said.

The helicopter lifted her off Bishop Peak at 12:45 p.m., where she was transferred to an ambulance. Three San Luis Obispo engines, a Cal Fire battalion chief and one Cal Fire engine responded to the call. A cooperative county technical rescue team also responded in case the helicopter wasn’t able to rescue the woman.

Hogan reminded hikers to proceed with caution on the popular county landmark.

“It’s a great spot but we like to remind people to stay on the trails and know the route,” he said.

-- Cynthia Lambert


Rescuers and medics are searching Bishop Peak in San Luis Obispo for someone who was reported to have fallen and been seriously injured.

San Luis Obispo Fire Department and San Luis Ambulance medics have arrived in the area, and a helicopter is assisting in the search, according to radio dispatches from the scene.

Authorities received a call that someone fell as much as 30 feet and landed flat on rock. As of noon, they were looking for the injured person.

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