Central Coast and other fire department personnel are headed up Bayview Road to Risley Creek Road on a report of a woman who suffered injuries from a standing fall several miles up into the woods. Ankle and head injury.
First responders are still trying to track down the woman’s exact location and the best way to get to her.
Rescuers have the victim’s approximate location from co-hikers coming out to meet them. Rescuers will be with her shortly. Rescuers are calling out the Lincoln County Rope Rescue Team – told to bring out high and low angle rescue equipment.
Lincoln County Rope Rescue Team hold up at Seal Rock Fire Station to await word whether the extra manpower will be needed to get the victim out of the woods and down to the road.
All Call over the radio for more manpower to help get the woman out.
Rescue team has made contact with the victim. Assessing – planning evacuation.
Looks like they’ll evacuate the victim in a body-conforming litter toward the south, back down the Harris Ranch Trail to the trailhead – from there to an awaiting ambulance. Victim has been assessed to have merely a sprained ankle and NO head concussion. Lincoln County Search and Rescue Team has been activated to help in the evacuation since it’s a long walk out and it’ll get dark early because of heavy cloud cover.
Crews carrying the woman in a stokes litter. It’s a long way out of the wilderness area. Putting out a call for more manpower. It’s in a wilderness area, so no motor vehicles (including ATVs) are allowed. Trail too narrow, anyway. No rescue by helicopter due to low cloud cover.
U.S. Forest Service says they would authorize a motorized rescue vehicle if the woman suffered was a very serious or life-threatening injury. Again, trail widths very narrow.
Lincoln County Search and Rescue to employ an apparatus that would work as well as an ATV in evacuating the victim.
The fall victim has been successfully transported to an access point and placed inside an ambulance and is enroute to PCH in Newport.
Twenty-five volunteers from a number of fire departments took turns helping as individual teams so fatigue from transporting the victim over four miles over very rugged up and down rocky terrain, with steep drop-offs, didn’t slow them down.
Job extremely well done. It was an unusually challenging rescue that truly tested the level of cooperation and detailed integration of specialized skills and training that showed just how seriously our first responders take their roles in keeping our citizens safe.