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Volunteers Help Rescue Injured Mountain Biker

The bicyclist was reported injured after dark Saturday on a trail near Idyllwild.

Volunteers, firefighters and deputies helped rescue a mountain biker who was reported injured after dark Saturday on a trail near Idyllwild, a sheriff's sergeant said.

Deputies responded at 5:26 p.m. Saturday to a report of an injured bicyclist on a trail near Fuel Break Road outside Idyllwild, Sgt. Robert Himmelberg of the sheriff's Hemet Station said.

Members of the Riverside Mountain Rescue Unit and Idyllwild Fire Department were summoned and began a search of the area, Himmelberg said in a statement.

"The bicyclist was located and escorted to safety," Himmelberg said. "He was transported by ambulance to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries."

Anyone with more information was urged to call the Hemet Station at (951) 791-3400.

Dan Bridges January 17, 2012 at 10:41 PM
Hello, I was the biker who was rescued, and I would like to thank the crew of professionals and volunteers who responded, in particular Greg Minor and Dave Graham. I am a strong proponent of self-rescue when possible, as I realize every call endangers the rescuers. I'm fifty-seven years old, and in a lifetime of rock climbing, mountaineering, and mountain biking this was the first time I did not get out on my own. My two friends and I were well prepared with first aid supplies, extra garments, water & nutrition, and headlamps. However, I had, primarily, a painful hip injury, and tried for nearly an hour to walk out using a pine stick for support, but it became clear that it was not the best choice. The crew took me out in the dark in a Stokes litter, over one to two miles of rugged unmarked singletrack. It was hard work for them, and I'm grateful none of them was injured. Thanks again to Greg, Dave, and all the responders, Dan Bridges
Janet Kloos January 18, 2012 at 12:45 AM
Glad you ended up okay after the ordeal. hugs

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