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VIDEO: Tahoe backcountry skier rescued in helicopter operation

Check out this video from the rescuers’ perspective of a helicopter operation Friday to pick up an injured skier in the backcountry near Donner Lake in California.

From California Highway Patrol:

Auburn, Calif. – On January 27, 2017 a 1:00 p.m. California Highway Patrol Helicopter 20 (H-20) was requested for a Search and Rescue (SAR) by Grass Valley CalFire dispatch. A group of four people were backcountry skiing when one of them injured their leg. Using a cell phone they called 9-1-1 and requested help. They were found near Flora Lake which is between Boreal Ski Resort and Donner Lake at approximately 7,500 feet in elevation.

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The victim said they had started their day at the Donner Pass Rest Area, hiked up the mountain for some backcountry skiing, and injured his lower leg while skiing down a shoot between two cliffs. Unable to continue any further, the group called for help. H-20 was on patrol when they got the call. H-20 landed and picked up a third crew member, Sergeant Yops, from Truckee CHP Office. Using the hoist, they placed him next to the victim. Sergeant Yops placed the victim a hoist rescue harness and prepared him for extraction.

H-20 performed a hoist rescue and brought the injured party back to the Command Post where a Truckee Fire Department ambulance was standing by to transport the patient to a local hospital.


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