APTOS — A woman was carried to safety in a protracted rescue Thursday after she fell and injured her ankle in the dense woods of the Forest of Nisene Marks State Park.
Volunteer Fire Capt. Rocco Crisalli said the woman, who was about 50, was hiking with a group about four miles deep in the woods when she hurt herself. Members of the group hiked out and contacted emergency officials about 2 p.m. triggering an extensive rescue that involved more than 20 people.
The rescue was initiated by Cal Fire, State Parks, Aptos/La Selva Fire and Corralitos Volunteer Firefighters. Crisalli said emergency personnel drove as far as they could into the woods and then hiked close to four miles over rugged, steep terrain, fording creeks and crawling over boulders. They reached the victim about two hours later on the Maple Creek Trail.
After placing the victim in a Stokes basket they tried to carry her to safety but the severity of the terrain proved to difficult and dangerous, Crisalli said. That’s when they called for a Ben Lomond inmate fire crew of 14 members to assist.
For the complete article see the 05-25-2012 issue.
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