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UPDATE: Rescue team finds injured bicyclist

Posted: January 7, 2013 5:35 p.m.
Updated: January 7, 2013 5:35 p.m.


A helicopter rescue team found an injured bicyclist in rugged terrain inside the Angeles National Forest near Acton Monday, airlifting the man to safety, a fire official said.

Shortly after 11:40 a.m. Monday, paramedics with the Los Angeles County Fire Department received a cell phone call from an injured cyclist who had been on a bike trail near Aliso Canyon Road near the North Angeles Forest Highway, the Fire Department spokesman said.

“We received it as an injury call,” he said. “The chopper was dispatched at 11:42 a.m.”

By 12:20 p.m., a helicopter was reported circling the area of the forest to locate and make contact with the cyclist, he said.

The cyclist, described as a white male wearing camouflaged shorts was found three miles from a mine in the area.

“Our crew made contact with the man then hoisted down,” he said.

“Our crew members then began hiking toward the man a short distance. They hoisted him up at 12:41 p.m.,” he said.
“It was a very remote location.”

The cyclist suffered a possible back injury and was airlifted to Antelope Valley Hospital, the spokesman said.

“We had one of our engines respond,” said Nathan Judy, spokesman for the Angeles National Forest.
“It was a bicyclist found near the old mining trails,” he said. “Engine 19 (of the Los Angeles County Fire Department) dropped in and took him to the local hospital.”
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