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Injured man rescued from beach near Point Sal

Photo courtesy Santa Barbara County Fire Department
Posted at 12:39 PM, Aug 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-08 15:42:39-04

A man had to be hoisted off the beach near Guadalupe after suffering an ankle injury Thursday morning.

It happened shortly before 9 a.m. near Point Sal.

The Santa Barbara County Fire Department says because of the location and the deep sand, rescue crews were unable to reach the 70-year-old patient by vehicle and it was initially too foggy for a helicopter, so they called for a water rescue team from the Vandenberg Air Force Base Fire Department.

After a short time, however, the fog lifted and the helicopter was able to locate the patient and hoist him off the beach.

The man was taken to the hospital to be treated for his injury.