Deer Hunter Rescued in ATV Collision
By the edhat staff
Santa Barbara County firefighters rescued a deer hunter who crashed their ATV in the Los Padres National Forest.
At 1:13 a.m. Saturday, fire crews, Santa Barbara County Search & Rescue, and a ground ambulance responded to a report of an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) crashing over the side of a mountain road in the Upper Oso area of the Los Padres National Forest.
When crews arrived they discovered a male had fallen aproximately 80 to 100 feet and sustained a severe leg injury.
The hunter had apparently crashed and fired his gun to signal help. He was then discovered by other hunters who used a lowering cable and secured the victim on a ledge before leaving to get help, reports to the Santa Barbara County Fire Department (SBCFD).
Teams on the scene decided a rope rescue system would be needed to bring the male patient to the roadway. EMT's and paramedics assessed the injury, packaged the patient on a backboard, and hauled him up to the road, reports Search and Rescue.
An AMR ambulance then transferred the patient to Santa Barbara Cottage Hosptial for treatment.
OsoInc:ATV/Deer Hunter Accident- Male Pt found 80-100’ over the side above Upper Oso in LPF. Shoots gun for help, found by hunters using lowering cable/secured victim on ledge,left to get help. SBC/SAR rescue Pt. w/rope systems. Pt tx by Amb-SBCH w/sever leg Injury.CT 1:13am pic.twitter.com/8eX1vdCq9Q
— Scott Safechuck (@SBCFireInfo) August 13, 2022