CHP helicopter crews perform two rescues in one day
California Highway Patrol helicopter crews performed two hoist rescues in Bay Area counties on Wednesday.
The first rescue occurred at Annadel State Park in Sonoma County, and the second occurred at Mount Tamalpais in Marin County.
On Wednesday at 10:32 a.m., CHP Helicopter 30 responded with other agencies to help rescue an injured hiker in Annadel State Park.
The helicopter crew located the hiker on the Rough Go trail and performed a rescue landing to off-load a CHP flight officer/paramedic to assist the patient, according to the CHP.
The hiker, a 36-year-old woman from Santa Rosa, suffered an injury to her foot while she was walking on the trail.
Due to the isolated location of the hiker and the rugged terrain, the crew performed a hoist rescue and delivered the woman to a waiting ambulance crew.
The woman was transported to the hospital with injuries that were not life threatening.
The second rescue, performed by the same crew, occurred at Mount Tamalpais in Marin County.
The crew responded at approximately 3 p.m. to a report of a paraglider who had crashed on the northwestern side of Mount Tamalpais.
The helicopter crew located the paraglider approximately 300 yards downhill from the nearest road.
CHP HELICOPTER CREWS PERFORM TWO HOIST RESCUES IN ONE DAYAnnadel State Park, Sonoma County California – On Wednesday, January 25, 18, 2017 at 1032 hours CHP Helicopter 30 (H-30) responded with fire agencies from Sonoma County and Sonoma County Life Support for a rescue of an injured hiker within Annadel State Park. H-30 was already airborne over Sonoma County and responded to the scene. H-30 was overhead prior to any first responders and began to search for the victim. After a brief search H-30 located the patient down on the Rough Go trail. Due to the recent rains the trail was unstable with running water and lose rocks. H-30 performed a rescue landing and off loaded a CHP Flight Officer/Paramedic to assist the patient.The patient was a 36 year old Santa Rosa woman who sustained a non-life threatening injury to her foot while walking on the trail. The patient was located approximately ¾ of a mile from the trail head. Her location made access for the fire department difficult due to the poor trail conditions.The flight crew and fire department determined that a hoist rescue was required due to the isolated location and rugged terrain. H-32 landed and reconfigured for a hoist. While CHP Officer/Pilot Mike McAuley hovered 75’ above the patient, CHP Officer/ paramedic Shaun Bouyea lowered a rescue harness to awaiting rescue personnel. The rescue personnel prepared the patient for hoist rescue, and Officer Bouyea hoisted the patient to the helicopter. The patient was quickly delivered to an awaiting Sonoma County Life Support ambulance and transferred to a nearby hospital non-life-threatening injuries.At approximately 1500 hrs, the same crew for the Annadel State park rescue, along with CHP Pilot/Officer Mark Mitchell, responded to a report of a paraglider who had crashed on the north western side of Mt. Tamalpais. The paraglider didn't know his exact location and it was reported that he was injured. The H-30 crew arrived overhead and began to search for the injured party. The H-30 crew located the paraglider approximately 300 yards down a hill from the nearest road. The H-30 crew set up for a rescue as officer/Pilot M. McAuley hovered H-30 approximately 75 feet above the injured paraglider. Officer/Pilot M Mitchell lowered Officer/Paramedic Bouyea to the patient.With the assistance of the Marin County Fire Department, Officer/Paramedic Bouyea placed the paraglider into a rescue bauman bag for extrication from the crash site. H-30 crew returned overhead and hoisted the paraglider from the scene and to a waiting Marin County Ambulance. The paraglider was transferred to a local hospital with non life threatening injuries.The California Highway Patrol Golden Gate Division Air Operations unit, based at the Napa County Airport, operates four aircraft (two airplanes and two helicopters) which patrol the 9 Bay Area Counties, approximately 6,923 square miles that is home to a residential population of more than 7 million people. The helicopter is routinely staffed with a CHP Officer/Pilot and a CHP Officer/Paramedic. The helicopter is equipped with a rescue hoist that has 165 feet of cable that can lift patients and/or rescuers, with a cumulative weight up to 500 pounds.
Posted by CHP – Golden Gate Division Air Operations on Thursday, January 26, 2017
The crew again performed a hoist rescue and then delivered the man to a waiting ambulance crew.
The man was transported to the hospital with injuries that were not life threatening.