Mono SAR helps injured trail worker


Davis Lakes 05_22_2014Search and Rescue Team Operation: Aid to an injured trail maintenance worker in the Davis Lakes area

On the afternoon of Thursday, May 22, 2014, at approximately 12:55 pm, Mono County Sheriff’s Dispatch received a call regarding an injured trail maintenance crew member in the Davis Lakes area.

A male trail maintenance crew member, age 20, was conducting trail maintenance with fellow crew members, in the Davis Lakes area, when he hurt his knee. Upon attempting to walk, he was unable to put weight on his knee and was unable to hike back to their camp. His fellow crew members contacted the Mono County Sheriff’s Office for assistance.

The Mono County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue (SAR) Team was dispatched to aid the crew member. Due to the area of the trail where the crews were working, approximately five (5) miles south of the Crowley Lake community, the SAR team requested assistance of the California Highway Patrol H40 helicopter out of Fresno. The H40 was available and was able to land in a meadow approximately 1/3 of a mile away from the crew member’s camp. With the assistance of other crew members, they were able to carry the injured male to the helicopter landing zone. He was then flown to the Mammoth-Yosemite Airport where he was met by Mono County Paramedics and transported via ambulance to Mammoth Hospital for treatment.



4 Responses to Mono SAR helps injured trail worker

  1. Charles O. Jones May 25, 2014 at 7:54 pm #

    From MonoSAR’s website:

    “We do searches and rescues at any time,
    in any weather,
    for as long as it takes,
    for free…”

    That’s a pretty noble mission statement. Thank you MonoSAR.

    • joel May 25, 2014 at 9:40 pm #

      why did you guys call the ‘copter – if all it would have took is hike in and out?

      • erik simpson May 26, 2014 at 2:06 pm #

        How many people have you carried any distance? It’s not as easy as it sounds, and it doesn’t sound easy.

  2. Wayne Deja May 26, 2014 at 1:50 pm #

    joel…Are you serious….or just looking for a negative reaction ?……A 5 mile hike over rough terrain with an injured hiker unable to put weight on his knee…..why wouldn’t you request the aid of the CHP helicopter ?…..Are you afraid it might cost YOU tax money to help save this guy ?


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