Injured SLO hiker rescued from Bishop Peak
August 16, 2013
Several emergency response agencies combined to rescue a hiker who broke his leg Thursday night after falling off a steep section of a Bishop Peak trail.
Around 9:25 p.m. Thursday, a 19-year-old man fractured his lower leg on the Foothill Blvd. side of Bishop Peak.
Cal Fire, the San Luis Obispo Fire Department, the California Highway Patrol, the San Luis Obispo county Fire Urban Search and Rescue Team and San Luis Ambulance responded to rescue the hiker. A CHP helicopter provided lighting for the operation, which lasted 2.5 hours.
Firefighters and paramedics hiked up to the injured man and placed him in a stokes basket to lower him down the mountain. The ambulance then transported the hiker to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center.
No emergency responders suffered injuries during the rescue.
The San Luis Obispo Fire Department says the Bishop Peak Open Space closes at dusk and hikers should stay on designated trails.