Another textbook hoist from the highly trained professionals at the California Highway Patrol helicopter division. The victim was a rock climber in the Twin Crags area near Tahoe City who had fallen approximately 20-30 feet, seriously injuring his lower body. Luckily his climbing partner had a cellphone that worked and was able to call in the cavalry. The climber was flown to the Tahoe City Golf Course where he switched choppers and was transported to Reno for medical attention.
Here’s the official release from CHP Valley Division:
“Placer County, Calif. – On July 13, 2017 at approximately 11:10 a.m., California Highway Patrol Helicopter 20 (H-20) was contacted by Cal-Fire Grass Valley Dispatch requesting a hoist for a fallen rock climber in the Twin Crags area near Tahoe City. H-20 was in the Truckee area and responded from Stampede Reservoir.
They arrived and spoke with North Lake Tahoe Fire Department personnel on scene. They advised a mid-20’s male had fallen approximately 20-30 feet and sustained serious injuries to his lower extremeties. With his injuries, the best means of extraction was a hoist inside a Bauman rescue bag. H-20 lowered a CHP-trained Helicopter Rescue Teammember with the rescue gear. The victim was placed inside the rescue bag and hoisted from the base of the cliff. He was flown to a pre-designated landing zone at the Tahoe City golf course and transferred to CareFlight 3 to save time. CareFlight flew the victim to Renown Medical Center in Reno for treatment.
Luckily one of the victim’s friends had a cell phone with him and was able to call 9-1-1 to summon help. This saved the victim valuable time and will be beneficial to his recovery.”