FORESTHILL (CBS13) – Authorities are crediting a helmet and the swift response of a California Highway Patrol helicopter with saving an injured bicyclist early Saturday afternoon.
The rescue happened around 1 p.m. in the Foresthill area, according to Valley Division Air Operations. CHP helicopter H-24 was called to the scene of a 21-year-old mountain biker who had crashed his bicycle, ejecting and sending him to the ground hard enough for him to lose consciousness.
As first responders found, the young man had hit the ground so hard that the helmet he was wearing sustained massive damage.
Despite the difficult and remote terrain, crews were soon able to hoist the biker from the ground and up to the CHP helicopter. The helicopter then flew to a landing zone where the man was transferred to a CalStar helicopter that would take him to the Sutter-Roseville Medical Center.
Authorities say the crash would have been much worse if the man wasn’t wearing a helmet. Plus, the man’s friends were able to call for help immediately following the crash.