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Hiker Rescued Along Trail Above Santa Barbara

SBSO 30 April 2009


Santa Barbara County—The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team combined with three other agencies to save a hiker in the mountains above Santa Barbara today.

At approximately 1:40PM on Wednesday, April 29, 2009 the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team was dispatched to help a 24-year old woman who had injured her ankle on the Jesusita Trail which leads to Inspiration Point. The victim had apparently called 911 from her cell phone.

Approximately 12 people with the Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team, Santa Barbara County Fire, U.S. Forest Service and American Medical Response responded to the trail head at the end of Tunnel Road where Tunnel Trail leads to Jesusita Trail.

Searchers were able to reach the woman sometime after 2:45pm. She was taken down the trail on a wheeled stretcher and placed in an ambulance by 4:10PM. She was then transported to a local hospital for treatment for what appeared to be a fractured ankle.

For more information about the Santa Barbara County Search and Rescue Team please go to www.sbcsar.org.

Those interested in joining the volunteer Search and Rescue Team, please contact Nelson Trichler at 805-698-0752.