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.
Helicopter Extraction of subject having medical emergency at W. Main Beach in Guadalupe. SBC Fire Air Support Unit hoisted 70 YO male with ankle injury and transported him to Marian Hospital. Call newsline for more info.@YourFireChief pic.twitter.com/FeNLYZGZw2— Daniel Bertucelli (@SBCFireInfo) August 8, 2019
The man was taken to the hospital to be treated for his injury.