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Mountain biker rescued by helicopter after breaking leg in Los Padres National Forest

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Posted at 7:09 PM, Aug 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-16 22:10:37-04

Santa Barbara County Fire Department rescued a biker who suffered a broken leg in the Los Padres National Forest.

According to fire officials, a fire engine, battalion chief and helicopter respond to reports of an injured mountain biker off of Snyder Trail near Paradise Rd. around 4:15 p.m. Sunday.

A helicopter with hoisting capabilities responded due to the remote location the biker was in, authorities said.

According to Santa Barbara County Fire, the mountain biker was a 35 minute hike from top or bottom of the mountain, so emergency crews made the decision to hoist the patient into the helicopter.

The biker suffered major injuries to the lower body.

The patient was then airlifted to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital for further treatment.