CA: Hunter falls off cliff
September 20, 2009
Man survives fall by landing on ledge
A 20-year-old man from the Los Angeles area was “very lucky” to land on a
ledge midway down an approximately 800-foot drop near New Cuyama Saturday,
according to Santa Barbara County fire officials.
He was extricated from his precarious position about an hour after he
fell by a helicopter rescue crew and transported by ambulance to a
Bakersfield hospital to be treated for a broken leg and moderate injuries to
his head, neck and back, officials added.
The victim was hunting with a large party in the Cuyama Peak area,
southeast of New Cuyama, Saturday when he misstepped around 8:45 a.m. and
tumbled 250 to 300 feet down a nearly vertical cliff, said fire Capt. Vince
Two members of the hunting group were able to climb down the steep
incline to help him, while the others contacted emergency responders,
In addition to a county fire engine and the helicopter crew, the U.S.
Forest Service and the county sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team helped bring
up the two people who went to the wounded man’s aid, officials said.
The accident occurred on the eastern border of Los Padres National Forest
in Santa Barbara County jurisdiction, but near the Ventura County border.
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