San Gabriel Valley Tribune

San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Article Published: Friday, November 23, 2007

Mountain biker rescued after fall

ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST -- A mountain biker was rescued from a canyon Thursday after he fell about 20 feet down a ledge, breaking his ankle, officials said.

The 20-year-old man, whose name was not released, was riding his bike with a friend about 3:30 p.m. along the Arroyo Seco at Brown Canyon when the fall occurred, said Los Angeles County Fire Department Capt. David Yonan.

The injured bicyclist could not move from where he had fallen, so his friend rode ahead for help, said Yonan.

About an hour later, the stranded man was hoisted from the canyon via helicopter, Yonan said. Other than his broken ankle and some minor cuts and bruises, the bicyclist seemed to be OK, he added.

The victim was taken to Huntington Hospital in Pasadena for treatment, said Yonan.

Members of the Los Angeles County fire and sheriff's departments participated in the rescue, he said.

Yonan said he advises mountain bikers and hikers alike to always bring someone with them into the forest in case of just such and emergency.

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