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Mountain Biker Rescue
updated: Mar 11, 2013, 10:30 AM

Source: Santa Barbara Sheriff's Department


On Sunday, March 10, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Search and Rescue (SBCSAR) team came to the assistance of an injured mountain biker approximately 3.5 miles up the Romero Canyon Trail in Montecito.

The man in his 50s was mid-ride around noon when he fell from his bike, traumatically injuring his head and spine. The subject suffered a brief loss of consciousness, and a person on the trail called 9-1- 1 for help. Twelve SBCSAR team members and six firefighters from the Montecito Fire Department responded to the Romero Canyon Trailhead on Romero Canyon Road. County Air Support Unit Copter 3 was deployed to assist locating the subject. Rescuers drove up the Edison Fire Road and hiked into the mountain biker's location on a single-track trail.

Paramedics from the Montecito Fire Department and Emergency Medical Technicians from SBCSAR began medical care of the mountain biker as they secured him onto a backboard and into a stretcher known as a Stokes basket. Rescuers then carried him down the single-track trail to the rescue vehicles and drove him to the trailhead on Romero Canyon Road. An ambulance from AMR transported him to Cottage Hospital for further care.

SBCSAR is an all-volunteer unit of the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office. The team consists of 38 members, including 25 Emergency Medical Technicians, all of whom are on call 24/7.

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Report of Mountain Biker Down on the Romero Trail in Montecito, Fire and Medics responding. (03/11/13)
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