Watch: Rescue Team Saves Injured Hiker Trapped by Falling Boulder

by Halle Ames

Rescue teams in California saved a man that was trapped in the woods due to a boulder falling off Mount St. Helena early yesterday.

California Highway Patrol crews in a helicopter and on foot saved a hiker that was pinned in a heavily wooded area on Tuesday.

The California Highway Patrol reported receiving a 911 call at 2:20 a.m. from a distressed hiker in Palisade, which is near Oat Hill Trail. While on the phone, the hiker said that he had been pinned under the boulder for several hours before being able to rip his pants and retrieve his cellphone to call for help.

In fact, the man said he was hiking on Monday afternoon in the Mount St. Helena area when a large boulder fell on him and trapped his backpack and right arm underneath. The situation happened at nearly 5 p.m. on Monday.

The California Highway Patrol crew for Highway 30 flew to the GPS coordinate given by Cal Fire. Using their night vision and FLIR (forward-looking infrared) system, they were able to find the hiker. He signaled to the crews with a small flashlight. The patrol reports that the man was “off-trail and in extremely rugged terrain.”

The Rescue

It took the patrol teams nearly an hour to hike one mile to the hiker position after landing. Due to the area and the injuries, they were unable to remove the man. However, officials said that the hiker’s injuries were not life-threatening.

Due to the 30 degree cold and the dark, the crews built a fire next to the man and waited for daylight to continue the rescue.

Once light, the officials were able to get the man out from under the boulder. He was then taken to a local hospital. As of Wednesday, officials did not release his condition to the public.

[H/T CBS SF Bay Area]